After being a 17-point underdog, the Celtics shocked the basketball world by winning Game 3 in their first game of the series without Isaiah Thomas. Despite the win, the oddsmakers are not any more bullish on the Celtics’ chances to even the series.
According to OddsShark, the Cavs are favored by 15 points over the Celtics in Game 4. The over-under is set at 217.5 points.
The OddsShark computer loves the Cavs to bounce back tonight. The computer projects a 123-95.6 Cavs victory. The computer is taking the Cavs to cover the spread and the over on the point total.
Cleveland is 2-1 against the spread in the last three games and the over has hit in two of those three contests. The Celtics are shooting an incredible clip from three-point range over those three games making 46 of 109 threes. Fans can expect a regression to the mean of the 37.3 percent Boston shot during the regular season.
The Celtics are just 9-18 against the spread as an underdog. Boston does have a strong 27-21 road record against the spread. Cleveland is 58-20 against the spread as the favorite.
There is little doubt the Celtics comeback in Game 3 will awaken LeBron James and the Cavs in tonight’s game. Even taking that into consideration, 15 points is a bit steep given the talent level the Celtics still have despite Thomas’ absence. Heavy expects the Cavs to win tonight’s game but like the Celtics against the spread.
Heavy’s Pick: Cavs 115 Celtics 107. Celtics +15. Over on the Point Total.