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Jimmy Boyd of Boyd's Bets
Boston / Cleveland UNDER 212
I see some value here in the total on Tuesday's highly anticipated Opening Night matchup between the Celtics and Cavaliers. Not only did these two teams face off in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, they made a blockbuster trade in the offseason. Cleveland traded Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a future pick - a deal that was sparked by Irving's demand to be traded.
LeBron James and the rest of the Cavaliers who have been with the team took that trade personally as Irving basically said he didn't want to play with them anymore. Needless to say, this is one of the rare times you get a playoff type atmosphere in October. Both teams will be out to make a statement and lay early claim as the team to beat in the East.
I look for that intensity to result in a much lower-scoring game than the number the books have set for this total. Keep in mind there are a lot of new faces on both teams and there's just not going to be that chemistry on the offensive side of the ball.
Cleveland have 3 new starters in Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, and Crowder. Boston have two new faces in Irving and Gordon Hayward plus will be without expected starting power forward Marcus Morris, who figures to be out another week or so with a knee injury. James is questionable for the Cavs, but I fully expect him to play. If he doesn't, that only adds more value to this one going below the mark. Take the UNDER!
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