8:30 PM EST
Cavs -3.5 over Celtics
I love the way Boston has been playing, but they had trouble in both series so far with rebounding the basketball and that is going to be a big problem in this one against the Cavs who are going to have the big rebounding edge. This is really bad matchup for the Celtics because they don’t have anyone who can cover Lebron and Isiah Thomas is going to be a massive liability on defense all series. The Celtics have to be worn out from that back and forth seven game series while the Cavs are fully rested. The Celtics only hope is so have their bigs hit a lot of threes and draw Thompson out to open up the lane but the Cavs know this. Ultimately, I trust LeBron to have the team ready to go. They may have a little rust to start but over four quarters they are the superior team. The Cavs know the Warriors have yet to lose in the playoffs and will want to keep that mental edge with them. Cleveland just has way too many scoring options against this Celtics team who can struggle to score at times. I really don’t see this series going any more than 5 and don’t see the Cavs coming out and laying an egg game tonight so I like them to win and cover this opening game. Boston will have to be getting over 8 points before I can even think about taking them. It will take a perfect game for the Celtics to cover tonight, I look for a double digit win for the Cavs tonight. Take the Cavs.