Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavs by Lloyds
The last time James played as a Cavalier in Boston was in Eastern Conference semifinals, back in 2010. In the following offseason he joined the Miami Heat, only to return in Cleveland four years after that. Tonight he certainly won't lack motive as Boston's crowd do not envy him at all. James had some historic performances at TD Garden, such as 45-point game in the ECF 2012 when he was playing for Miami, which means he is enjoying the "villain role". Tonight James will also look to involve his teammates, especially Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, but since I expect this game to be a close one, the burden of pressure will fall on his shoulders. When the crunch time arrives the ball is likely to be in James' hands who will have to produce. James has been incredibly efficient when he played in Boston in the past few trips there. He averaged an incredible 35.8 points in his last 5 games in Boston but didn't play well there when he was in Cleveland before 2010. Boston's leader in scoring, Jeff Green, is likely to be the one who will guard James but Green does not have the defensive ability to stop James, who is the most versatile offensive player in the game.
I believe Boston will make this a close game because traditionally they play with extra motive against the Cavs. However, James won't lack desire to win also which is why I expect him to breach the 25-point barrier.
|Lebron James over 25.5||Unibet||1.85||9||41 WON (+7.65 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.