Mon, May 21, 4:38pm by Staff Writer
The Cleveland Cavaliers drew one game closer to the Boston Celtics in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals series after a 116-86 win in Cleveland on Sunday.
The Cavs were in must-win mode, with no team ever coming back to win a series from 3-0 down. The Celtics now lead the series 2-1.
In the outright market, the series remains delicately poised with the Celtics narrow $1.80 favourites at Sportsbet. The Cavs are $2.10.
The Cavs got contributions from multiple players in game three, with all five of their starters scoring in double figures.
Cleveland’s backcourt of J.R. Smith and George Hill who were outscored 41-3 in game two played far better in game three, outscoring Boston’s backcourt duo of Terry Rozier and Jaelyn Brown 24-23.
It was a struggle from the outset for the Celtics who were outscored 32-17 in the first quarter and trailed by 20 points at half time.
LeBron James had an efficient game scoring 27 points on 12 field goal attempting, including eight free throws and 3-3 from there-point range.
This series is predicted to go seven games with that market paying $2 in the series total games market.
A Boston 4-3 series win is paying $3.72 in the correct score market, with the Cavs to win 4-3 paying $4.05.
Game four of the series takes place in Cleveland on Tuesday morning, with the Cavs once again big favourites at $1.33.
Boston are $3.45 outsiders with the handicap set at 6.5-points favouring the Cavs at $1.95.
This has been a high-scoring series thus far, with the over/under set at 206.5 points at $1.91.
Neither the Cavs nor the Celtics are fancied to win the NBA title with both teams priced in double figures.
The Cavs are $12 to win the NBA title and the Celtics are $10. The Golden State Warriors are the runaway favourites at $1.33, with the Houston Rockets at $5.
Last week the NBA released the finalists for a number of player awards including Rookie of the Years and Regular Season MVP.
Aussie Ben Simmons is the overwhelming favourite for Rookie of the Year at $1.03, with Donovan Mitchell also a standout this season, priced at $10.
James Harden is a shoe-in for the MVP award and is $1.02 for the accolade, the first of his career. LeBron James is $13 and Anthony Davis is priced at a huge $81.
NBA Coach of the Year is a tighter race, with Toronto’s now-fired coach Dwane Casey the favourite at $1.83, ahead of Boston’s Brad Stevens at $2.50.
NBA Eastern Conference
Boston $1.80 Cleveland $2.10
Series Total Games
5 games $5.50
6 games $2.30
7 games $2
Series Correct Score
Cleveland 4-2 $3.78
Cleveland 4-3 $4.05
Boston 4-1 $5.85
Boston 4-2 $5.45
Boston 4-3 $3.72
Boston $3.45 Cleveland $1.33
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