Tue, May 15, 8:54am by Staff Writer
Date and Time: Wednesday May 16, 10:30am AEST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston
Despite many experts tipping that the LeBron James lead Cleveland Cavaliers would march on towards the NBA Finals, it was the Boston Celtics who took the series opener, thanks largely to the contribution of Marcus Morris, who kept LeBron to just 15 points, and had 21 himself.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens has masterminded a stunning run in the postseason without stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. The 41 year old was able to adapt a game-plan which blunted the effect of Ben Simmons in the semi-final series and he adjusted things in the opening game which brought Al Horford into the game.
The Cavs have played Kevin Love at centre in the playoffs and Horford was able to take advantage of the mismatch, finishing with 20 points, a postseason best for the Celtics.
Tyronn Lue’s squad was completely ineffective with the ball with their first successful 3-point attempt coming in the third quarter, after missing 14 consecutive shots from beyond the arc before that.
The Celtics are 8-0 at home this playoff series and a year after going out to the Cavs in five-games, they are are a different team. Coach Stevens is doing a brilliant job at managing an eight-man rotation after injuries struck down several of his key players.
The Celtics are overwhelming favourites at the TD Garden in front of their home fans, Sportsbet has the hosts at $1.87 to take Game Two on Wednesday. Last season’s runners-up won’t be worried about the deficit having been in this situation before and thus the bookmakers are giving them hope at $1.98 to level the series.
We’re taking James and the Cavs to bounce back and do just that. If Kevin Love and Kyle Korver cancontribute and Tyronn Lue can get more out of his bench, then the Cavs can take this series in seven games, starting with game two.
Suggested Bet: Cavs to win at $1.98
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