The Boston Celtics haven’t had all that much success on the road during this post-season, so maybe it wasn’t all that surprising that they would lose Game 3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But it wasn’t so expected that they would get blown out the way he did. They have now gathered themselves and will set out to correct some of their problems as they go into Game 4, which is scheduled to take place on Monday night at 8:35 PM ET at the Quicken Loans Arena. Customers at VietBet can watch the game and then place wagers while the game is in progress, as they access the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Odds – Celtics vs Cavaliers
In the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Odds posted at VietBet on Game 4 of the NBA East finals, the Cavaliers are favored:
Cleveland Cavaliers -7
Boston Celtics +7
Over 205.5 points -110
Under 205.5 points -110
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2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Odds: CJ’s Take Game 4
The Celtics, who are now just 1-5 straight-up in the playoffs, made the decision to go a little smaller in Game 3, as they looked to take a 3-0 advantage. They sat Aron Baynes and used Marcus Morris, who is known as someone who can give LeBron James at least something of a hard time. Cleveland countered by getting bigger, putting Tristan Thompson in the lineup alongside Kevin Love. And LeBron James did not dominate the ball the way he usually does, scoring 27 points but also handing out twelve assists. All five starters scored in double figures, along with Kyle Korver, who came off the bench to hit four triples. It was a 30-point margin, but the Celtics are not known as a team that sits still for that. Instead, expect Brad Stevens to make certain adjustments for this game.
One of them might be to put Baynes back into the starting lineup, issuing him additional minutes, as his team is in a better position to trade blows with the Cavs up front. At the same time, the Celts, who were the best team in the NBA in defending three-pointers (allowing just 33.9%) need to do a better job against a Cleveland squad that made 17 of 34 from beyond the three-point line.
The Celtics made only six of their 22 attempts from three-point distance in Game 3, and we know that they are much more capable than that. In fact, they were the second most accurate team in the NBA when it came to treys, although they were not nearly as reliant upon them as were the other three teams still standing in the playoffs. Boston has to make a lot of its adjustments on the defensive side, as opposed to the Cavs, who don’t often pitch a gem when it comes to defense.
And for Stevens and his team, the dilemma involves what to do about a team that can achieve balance, as Cleveland appeared to do in Game 3. You see, if you can count on the idea that LeBron will come down the floor and isolate himself before either shooting one of those fadeaway jumpers or making a move to the hoop, you can gear a strategy around that, even though it may not ultimately be successful. But if you have to deal with King James distributing the rock to his teammates, who are nailing spot-up jumpers and spreading the floor, then you have a whole different problem altogether.
We recognize that. But at the same time, we also understand that Boston is likely to come out with a lot more in the way of determination for Monday night’s game. And at some juncture, you have to take a look at pointspread numbers, where the Cetlics have been a blistering 23-9 ATS as an underdog, not to mention 9-1 against the spread after losing by double digits, while Cleveland is only 22-48 ATS as a favorite and 15-34 ATS at home. So while we won’t sit here and tell you that Boston will increase their lead to 3-1, we see something that should go down to the wire, making the points attractive.
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