NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Wednesday

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The NBA Eastern conference finals begins on Wednesday May 17th as the Boston Celtics will host Game 1 at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics and Cavaliers begin play from Boston at 8:30PM Eastern Time and TNT 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 -4 points with the over under line set at 219 ½ points.

The two best teams record wise from the Eastern conference are going to meet in the Finals. Cleveland will be playing on eight days of rest after disposing the Toronto Raptors in four games with the closeout coming on May 7th. The Celtics have just one day of rest after beating the Washington Wizards in a seventh game on Monday night. In the regular season the Cavaliers took three of four against Boston. A key game came on April 5th at Boston as the teams were very close in the standings as they were vying for the top seed in the Eastern conference. Many called it a statement game. Cleveland was not defending well during the regular season and underperforming. In the playoffs, they swept the Raptors and Pacers by outshooting both opponents. They did get their share of luck as Kyle Lowry got hurt for Toronto. In that meeting in Boston late in the regular season it was the Cavaliers with the dominating 114-91 road victory at Boston showing the world who the better team at the time was in the Eastern conference. The Celtics have lost five games in the playoffs while the Cavaliers have lost none. Back in that April meeting it was Cleveland crushing the Celtics on the glass by a 51-38 margin. Boston shot just 40.7% and went 7 of 33 from three. Boston had trouble with the Chicago Bulls because they got crushed on the glass.

Boston got a huge effort from their bench in the Game 7 victory to Washington. Kelly Olynik scored 26 and Marcus Smart had 13 in victory. Credit the Celtics defense for shutting down John Wall who struggled in the fourth quarter and finished the game going 8 of 23.

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