Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics
Trailing 1-0 after a homecourt defeat, the Boston Celtics are up against it in the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James did what LeBron James does in Game One, notching 38 points and seven assists as he continues to climb up countless postseason leaderboards.
Isaiah Thomas was quietened in the 117-104 defeat as he picked up only the 17 points. Kevin Love produced a career-high playoff points performance to accompany James’ dominance, as the Cavs dispelled any murmurings that they could be a little rusty after a long break. The Celtics were out of the game by half-time.
Tristan Thompson, James and Love took complete control of the game from their first minute, an ominous sign for a Celtics side who looked a little jaded after their dramatic Game Seven victory over the Wizards.
Carrying a 9-0 record in the postseason thus far, the 2016 champions are just three victories away from another Finals appearance. They are in at 41/100 to go 2-0 here before heading back west.
Their free scoring in Game One makes 23/25 on the Cavs to score over 112.5 look a great price. James’ postseason form this year has been nothing short of heroic, having scored over 35 points in five straight games too.
Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs
Game One comeback drama was followed by a Game Two demolition from the Golden State Warriors. With the series now in San Antonio, the Spurs trail 2-0 and are left to sweat over the availability of Kawhi Leonard who missed training this week as he looks to recover from a sprained ankle.
The Warriors, like the Cleveland Cavaliers, are perfect so far in the playoffs, carrying a 10-0 record.
Steph Curry’s 29 point outing led the team as the Warriors leapt to a monstrous first half lead in Game Two, but the Spurs were far from replicating the Warriors’ Game One comeback and succumbed to a hefty defeat.
The dominance has been continuous for last year’s runners-up, though, having won all but one of their games by in excess of 10 points this postseason. Their defence was as impressive as the lethal shooting in Game Two, as only two Spurs players broke into double figures. In contrast, the Warriors has seven in double figures.
Another clear victory can be expected despite playing in front of a lively crowd at the AT&T Center. My picks is the Warriors to win with a -9.5 handicap at 9/3.