NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Thursday

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The NBA Eastern conference finals continue on Thursday May 25 with Game 5 as the Boston Celtics are home to the Cleveland Cavaliers looking to remain alive in this series. The Celtics and Cavaliers get things started from Boston at 8:30PM Eastern Time and TNT TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -10 points with the over under line set at 215 ½ points.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from advancing to the NBA Finals to face the Golden St Warriors. Falling behind in Game 4 to Boston by 16 points in the first half the Cavaliers rallied behind a solid second half that saw the team shoot over 70%. Cleveland won 112-99 but couldn’t cover as a -15 ½ point favorite. Cavaliers turned this game around in the third period by outscoring Boston by 17 points. It was a huge performance by Kyrie Irving who led the team with 42 points going 15 of 22. LeBron James was hampered in the first half by foul trouble as he received his fourth foul of the game midway through the second period and had to hit the bench. LeBron flexed his muscles in the second half to help rally the team and he finished with 34 points. Kevin Love has had a big series. The Boston Celtics lack adequate size to defend the Cavaliers. Love finished Game 4 with 17 points with 17 rebounds. Boston displayed good footwork in positioning themselves defensively on Cavaliers in their offensive zone. Cleveland powered to the basket in Game 4 as they finished with 58 points in the paint which was over twice as many as they had in Game 4. The Celtics have to navigate through the remainder of the playoffs without their scoring leader Isaiah Thomas who is out injured. During the regular season Boston struggled mightily for offense when Thomas was banged up and injured. Boston was hoping that Marcus Smart could step up his game. After an outstanding Game 3 it was Smart fizzling with 1 of 9 shooting.

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