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The Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics Saturday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs have not gone the way most imagined they would.
The Boston Celtics have opened up a two-game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning Games 1 and 2 at home both by double digits. The action now heads to Cleveland, where the Cavs will be desperate to turn the series around and avoid an 0-3 hole that no playoff team has ever been able to claw out of in 130 tries.
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When: 8:30 p.m.
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Series recap: The Celtics lead 2-0 after a 107-94 win in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Oddsmakers are expecting Cleveland to pick up its first win of the ECF on Saturday, installing the squad as a six-point favorite over the C’s. Boston is now favored in the series, however, after being a longshot before the first contest and still a slight underdog in the wake of its 25-point Game 1 victory. Now that the Celtics have strung together two “W”s and have firm control of the series, Vegas shifted the series line to BOS -225, CLE +190, which means bettors would have to risk $2.25 to win $1 on Boston advancing to the NBA Finals, while Cleveland backers would return $1.90 for each $1 wagered.
For those looking for tips on betting Game 3, you’ve come to the right place. Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has provided his take on Saturday’s matchup, which you can find below. Before getting to the pro handicapper’s predictions, take a look at the full schedule, start time, TV channel, live stream and more for the upcoming Cavs-Celtics battle. You can also check out the updated NBA Playoff bracket, tweets, quotes and more.
Only 19 teams (out of a possible 300) have recovered from 0-2 deficits in playoff series in NBA history. Naturally, LeBron James accounts for two of the comebacks — the 2007 conference finals and 2016 NBA Finals. … The Cavs are 5-1 at home this postseason and have limited opponents to fewer than 100 points in four of the games. … James set a career high Tuesday with his fifth game of 40 or more points in the 2018 playoffs. He set an NBA record with his third-career triple double with 40 or more points, and he needs 14 buckets to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356 FGs) for the most postseason field goals in league history. … Kyle Korver is averaging 12.3 points and shooting .486 from 3-point range over his last six games. … In Rodney Hood’s last six games, he’s been shut out three times and limited to two points twice.
They are dominating this series, so, keep that in mind as you read this. Boston is 1-4 on the road in the playoffs this year, and the one win was in overtime. The Celtics shoot the ball worse from the field and from 3-point range, generate fewer assists, and commit for turnovers on the road. … So the Cavs have a chance to get back in this series. … Teams with 2-0 leads in the conference finals are 51-4 in those series all time. No team has ever lost a series in which it led 3-0 (131-0). … Jaylen Brown is Boston’s leading scorer against the Cavs at 23.0 ppg. … Boston is averaging 25.5 assists to 8.5 turnovers.