Mark Woods’ NBA Tips: Ailing Cavs need a big response

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IS this the beginning of the end for the Cleveland Cavaliers or the start of the something remarkable they require?

Down 2-0 in their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Boston Celtics, the NBA Finalists of the past three years have gone from favourites to 2.75 to advance as the best-of-seven duel shifts to Ohio for Saturday’s Game 3.

It’s not just that the Celtics have out-performed, out-thought and out-manned LeBron James and his cast of ghosts. It’s that Cleveland have – their superstar apart – been exactly the team they’ve been for most of this season, incoherent and ineffective in elongated spell.

Boston have won the two contests so far by 25 and 13 points while holding the Cavs – a side built entirely for offense – to an average of 88.5, way below the 118.5 they maintained during their sweep of Toronto in the semi-final round. Brad Stevens coaching has rightly been lauded but his young stars have shone.

It’s left the Cs at 10.00 for a 4-0 advance but, as we’ve often seen, James brilliance on its own will carry the occasional day. But not four, which is why a punt on Boston at 4-2, now at 6.50, still looks a prime offer.

Cleveland is 1.35 to land Game 3, which will be streamed live on Unibet TV, and they will need to score big which is why going over 209.5 total points at 2.43 is a solid punt.

By contrast, the Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets series in the Western Conference Finals is hanging at 1-1 following the latter’s Game 2 retort.

However, with the next two in Oakland, starting with Sunday’s Game 3, the reigning champions are 1.33 favourites to progress and a mere 3.50 to run the table to a 4-1 triumph.

Yet victory by 22 in Game 2 suggests Houston will not be easily grounded. The Dubs have the experience and some momentum and while they are underdogs, the Warriors at 4-3 remains a lure.

Back on their home court, have a look at Golden State at -6.5 at 1.84 but this clash will have some punches to come before it is decided.

Looking ahead though, there seems little prospect of Boston or Cleveland troubling the champs, given the multiple consistent scoring weapons available from Kevin Durant to Steph Curry to everyone else.

1.50 on the Dubs for a two-peat might be as good as it gets.

Mark’s Tips

  • Over 209.5 points in Cleveland v Boston (Sun 1.30am)
  • (143-100, Unibet)
  • Under 222.5 points in Golden State v Houston (Mon 1am)
  • (13-10, Unibet)

 

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24 Comments
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    dazzler 1 month ago

    Mlb

    COL Rockies o7.5 hits @ 1.86

    *Yesterday*
    DET Tigers o7.5 hits @ 1.86 *lost*

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    dazzler 1 month ago

    Mlb

    CHI White Sox o7.5 hits @ 1.8

    *Yesterday*
    COL Rockies o7.5 hits @ 1.86 *won*

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    dazzler 1 month ago

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    MIA Marlins o7.5 hits @ 1.8

    *Yesterday*
    CHI White Sox o7.5 hits @ 1.8 *won*

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    radu 1 month ago

    Dodgers – Rockies – over 7.5 @ 2.06
    Nationals- Padres – Padres +1.5 AH @ 1.70
    Mets – Marlins – Mets to win @ 1.76
    White Sox – Orioles – WS to win @ 1.96
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    Cavs – Celtics – Cavs – 6.5 @ 1.91
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    Tiafoe – Harrison – over 22.5 games @ 1.78

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    dazzler 1 month ago

    Mlb

    OAK Athletics o7.5 hits @ 1.83

    *Yesterday*
    MIA Marlins o7.5 hits @ 1.8 *lost*

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    dazzler 1 month ago

    Mlb

    HOU Astros o8.5 hits @ 1.86

    *Yesterday*
    OAK Athletics o7.5 hits @ 1.83 *lost*

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    dazzler 1 month ago

    Mlb

    OAK Athletics o7.5 hits @ 1.86

    *Yesterday*
    HOU Astros o8.5 hits @ 1.86 *lost*

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    dazzler 1 month ago

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    WAS Nationals o7.5 hits @ 1.74

    *Yesterday*
    OAK Athletics o7.5 hits @ 1.86 *lost*

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    dazzler 4 weeks ago

    Mlb

    SF Giants o7.5 hits @ 1.71

    *Yesterday*
    WAS Nationals o7.5 hits @ 1.74 *won*

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    dazzler 4 weeks ago

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    TB Rays o7.5 hits @ 1.86

    *Yesterday*
    SF Giants o7.5 hits @ 1.71 *won*

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    nick 4 weeks ago

    I’m actually so gutted that CP3 got hurt 👎👎👎👎👎👎

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      mar10bet 4 weeks ago

      Would have been good to have had both at full strength as this is the final tonight. Do you think the Cavs could be swept in the finals?

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        nick 4 weeks ago

        My head says the Warriors are going to sweep the cavs.
        My heart says if LeBron has at least one other player show up the cavs have a chance.

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          mar10bet 3 weeks ago

          LBJ came close game 1. I laughed at a Ladbrokes promo for LBJ over 40 points & Cavs win @ 14/1. It should have came in if not for poor play from Cavs at crunch time. Like you say just one more player and they’d be in with a shout. I’m sure LBJ & Kyrie we’re putting up 40+ a night to win their instalment of this Yearly Finals series. Doesn’t seem fair for LBJ to be on the losing finalist!

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    dazzler 4 weeks ago

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    MIA Marlins o7.5 hits @ 1.86

    *Yesterday*
    TB Rays o7.5 hits @ 1.86 *won*

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    dazzler 4 weeks ago

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    TEX Rangers o6.5 hits @ 1.71

    *Yesterday*
    MIA Marlins o7.5 hits @ 1.86 *won*

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    dazzler 4 weeks ago

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    MIA Marlins o7.5 hits @ 2.00

    *Yesterday*
    TEX Rangers o6.5 hits @ 1.71 *won*

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    dazzler 3 weeks ago

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    NY Mets o6.5 hits @ 1.83

    *Yesterday*
    MIA Marlins o7.5 hits @ 2.00 *lost*

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    dazzler 3 weeks ago

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    TB Rays o7. 5 hits @ 1.76

    *Yesterday*
    NY Mets o6.5 hits @ 1.83 *lost*

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    dazzler 3 weeks ago

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    CIN Red’s o7. 5 hits @ 1.68

    *Yesterday*
    TB Rays o7. 5 hits @ 1.76 *won*

    Is anyone still checking this thread or shall I just post in the football thread for a bit?

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    mar10bet 3 weeks ago

    Will you be posting on @Mr Fixit posts @dazzler? You’ve had my account ticking over nicely mate so want to keep an eye on your posts. Keep up the good work! 🙏

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