May 23, 2017

NBA Handicap Betting Previews – Tuesday 23rd May by @DavAulak

Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers Game 4 Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers were extremely disappointed with the second half effort in Game 3 which saw them blow a huge lead over the Boston Celtics and allow the latter to get back into the Eastern Conference Finals series. No one was more upset with themselves than LeBron James who had a terrible second half, but James has shown many times throughout his career that he is at his most dangerous off a performance like that.

The Cavaliers will also have to step up their Defensive play which allowed the Boston Celtics to get plenty of open looks from the three point range. Even without Isaiah Thomas, who is missing for the rest of the Play Offs, the Celtics continue to shoot very well from beyond the arc with Marcus Smart stepping up in Game 3 and Avery Bradley hitting the go-ahead three pointer with 0.1 seconds left on the clock.

The Defensive performance from the Boston Celtics was highly praised for the work done on James, although there wasn’t much credit given to them by James himself. Instead James felt he just played poorly and I can’t imagine that is going to happen for another game in the Play Offs.

James was well supported by the likes of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Game 3, but I am expecting the best player in the NBA to take things on himself early and often in Game 4. The Celtics have to hope for another sub-par effort and continue to hit the three point shot at their current clip to have a chance of earning another upset as a big underdog.

This time I am not going to go against the big spread, but I do think the Cavaliers have a big reaction to the way Game 3 went down. That could see them produce a third blow out in four games in the Eastern Conference Finals series, but I can’t really pick against the spread in this one.

Instead I am going to back these teams to surpass the total points line with the high number of three pointers that both teams have been launching. Both have the ability to shoot well from that range too and all three games in the series would have at least hit this total that has been set for Game 4.

With more efficient shooting from the three point range, this game could cover the total point line even if there is a blow out response from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Handicap Betting Recommendation: Cleveland Cavaliers-Boston Celtics Over 216 Total Points at 1.90

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @DavAulak

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