LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers aim to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals on Friday. After the Cavs easily won Game 1 117-104, do the Celtics have a chance to even the series? Here is your Game 2 preview.

Opening Line

  • Cleveland -4.5
  • Total: 219.5

Line Movement

At the time of publication, per SportsInsights, 80% of spread bets and 88% of spread dollars are on Cleveland. The Cavs are listed as 5.5-point favorites.

The majority of bets are on the OVER but the total is currently at 218.

2017 NBA Playoff Trends

  • Favorites: 37-30 (55.2%) ATS, +5.32 units
  • Road teams: 41-26 (61.2%) ATS, +13.3 units
  • Teams getting 60% or more of spread bets: 22-8 (73.3%) ATS, +13.0 units
  • OVER: 40-27 (59.7%), +11.5 units

Cavs Trends

  • Cleveland has won 12 straight playoff games (9-2-1 ATS), one shy of tying an NBA record
  • Road favorites are 13-2 ATS this year
  • In the Eastern Conference finals LeBron is 31-17 straight-up and 29-19 ATS

Celtics Trends

  • This year, after a loss, the Celtics are 20-13 ATS in the next game
  • After a loss by 10 or more points the Celtics are 10-4 (71.4%) ATS
  • When getting 40% or less of spread dollars this season Boston is 11-6 ATS

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