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The Cavaliers playoff dominance is historic

Back the Cavs to cover the spread again 

By Eric Uribe

All odds courtesy of BetOnline.

LinesOver/under 216.5 points: Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers (-14.5)

You may not realize it now, but what we're witnessing Cleveland do right now is historic on all accounts. For one, they've won 13 consecutive playoff games dating back to last year. That matches the all-time mark set by the Lakers between 1988 and 1989.

The streak was matched by a 130-86 shellacking of Boston in Game 2. At intermission, they were up by 41 points — the largest halftime lead in NBA postseason history. They led by as many as 50 points in the second half, too.

In two games on the road, the Cavs trounced the top-seeded Celtics by a whopping 57 points. Now, it's a foregone conclusion Cleveland will be playing in their third straight NBA Finals, and LeBron James' seventh in a row.

Before Game 2, the three finalists for the MVP voting were announced, a list that didn't include James for the first time since 2008. All of this despite James finishing the regular season with career highs in rebounds, assists, and three-point shooting. 

That may have lit a fire under James because he finished with 30 points, seven dishes, four rebounds, four steals, and three swats in 33 minutes of work. His night was done before the third quarter finished. With the 30-point effort, James has scored at least 30 in eight straight playoff contests, tying Michael Jordan for longest streak in playoff history. The King also tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's streak of 10 playoff games with 25-plus points on 50 percent shooting.

Unfortunately for Boston, they're just on the wrong side of history here. Head coach Brad Stevens shook up his starting lineup, inserting Gerald Green for Amir Johnson to no avail. Adding injury to insult, Isaiah Thomas was held out of the second half with a hip injury. He finished 0-of-6 from the field for two points. There's no real reason to believe they'll play any better on the road.

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Aside from James, the defending champions other superstars are peaking as well. Kevin Love hit 7-of-14 shots for 21 points and 12 boards in Game 2. He's tallied 53 points and 24 rebounds the first two games. The slumping Kyrie Irving also seemingly turned his fortunes. Before last game he had shot better than 50 percent once this postseason. In Game 2, he was 8-of-11 shooting for 23 points. 

Unless there is an injury, you don't see spreads this big in conference finals. Nonetheless, Cleveland is the easy pick in Game 3. The Celtics spirit is absolutely broken after a pair of blowouts. They know they don't belong on the same floor as the reigning conference champions. 

Pick: Cleveland (-14.5)

Total: Over

 

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