NBA Betting: One more night in Boston should simply be a pit stop for the Cavs


It’s win or go home for the Boston Celtics on Thursday but will desperation spur them to a surprise?

The odds, in every sense, seem to be stacked against the Cs who are a mammoth 5.60 to prolong the NBA’s Western Conference Finals and reduce the Cleveland Cavaliers’ advantage to 3-2.

Even with homecourt advantage for Game 5, there’s a real sense that their upset in Game 3 was as good as it gets. After all, LeBron James can only appear mortal once in a blue moon, right?

With Kyrie Irving’s third quarter takedown on Tuesday, the Cavs looked unstoppable in their bid to confirm a NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors, starting on June 1.

And take away that one solitary lapse and Boston’s losses have come by an average of 23.3 in this series with Cleveland averaging 116.7 per game.

James has remained a cut above, a whirlwind blowing right through the storm of his omission from the league’s MVP shortlist. Judged by unfair standards against himself, that he isn’t considered among the best three players in the game is an aberration with the All-NBAer putting up 32.3 points, 8 rebounds and 6.8 assists in this post-season.

The Celtics showed their resolve to carry on without injured guard Isaiah Thomas by taking a 16-point lead in Game 4, playing what coach Brad Stevens said was: “some of the best basketball we played all season, against one of the best teams in basketball." Going over 219.5 total points at 2.35 is a solid punt.

But the reigning champions – now 3.25 to defend their title - have always seen the Finals as their destination. One more night in Boston should simply be a pit stop. 

Next stop, surely Oakland, and a date with the Warriors.

Best bet: Take Cleveland over Boston at -16.5 at 3.60.