Celtics vs Cavaliers Live, Stream,odds, Game :2018 NBA playoffs picks
The Cavaliers got just what they needed in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Not only did they defeat the Celtics, but they did so in a balanced and dominant fashion that inspires confidence that they can still win. Cleveland gets a chance to tie the series Monday (8:30 p.m. ET) when it hosts Game 4 of the 2018 NBA playoffs series at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers are 6.5-point sportsbook favorites, with the over-under for total points scored set at 206.5.
Before you lock in your picks, listen to SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein. The veteran NBA handicapper is on a sizzling 18-9 run in his point-spread playoff selections, and he’s also on a 10-3 ATS (77 percent) run in games involving Boston or Cleveland.
Moreover, Hartstein has been locked in on this series. He selected ATS winners in the first two games.
Hartstein knows Boston methodically broke and wore down Cleveland in the first two games, rolling to a blowout in Game 1 and overcoming a double-digit deficit in Game 3.
The seemingly fragile Cavaliers desperately needed to flip the script in Game 3, and they did just that in a 116-86 victory in which they never trailed.
LeBron James had 27 points and 12 rebounds as Cleveland built a 19-point lead in the first quarter and saw the margin hit 30 in the second half.
The Cavaliers hit 17 of 34 shots from 3-point range and also held a 53-42 rebounding advantage.
What’s more, their stat sheet finally resembled the formula Boston used for success in the first two games. Cleveland landed all five starters in double figures, with Kyle Korver providing 14 points off the bench.
Cleveland had 23 assists on 37 field goals and held Boston to 39.2 percent from the field, including 6 of 22 from long distance.
Now, the question remains whether Game 3 was an aberration or if it was the start of a resurgence by the Cavaliers. Hartstein knows a major trend will determine which side of the spread cashes on Monday. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
Will James and company give a repeat performance Monday and cover, or will Boston bounce back from its worst loss of the postseason and regain control? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Celtics-Cavaliers you should support Monday from a seasoned handicapper who’s hitting 77 percent of his picks involving these teams.