Cavaliers vs. Celtics odds, Game 5: Expert on 11-2 roll reveals picks for 2018 NBA playoffs

Desperately needing to win both games on their home court, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers delivered in the Eastern Conference finals of the 2018 NBA playoffs. On Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET), they return to Boston for a critical Game 5 against the Celtics with the series deadlocked 2-2. The Cavaliers are one-point favorites, with the over-under for total points scored set at 205.5.

For must-see analysis of Game 5, listen to SportsLine expert Josh Nagel. The veteran Reno-based handicapper uses a combination of data, eye tests and betting-market knowledge to make the most informed picks possible.

His expertise has paid off in the 2018 NBA playoffs, as he has posted a 13-3 mark in his postseason spread selections. Nagel also has an 11-2 mark when either the Celtics or Cavaliers are involved. Now, he has revealed a confident pick for SportsLine members for Wednesday.

Nagel knows the Cavaliers were outplayed and appeared to be out-coached in dropping the first two games of the series, squandering a double-digit lead in Game 2 amid a lack of composure and fortitude.

Cleveland returned to Quicken Loans Arena needing a sweep of Games 3 and 4 to avoid the possibility of being closed out in Game 5 at Boston. The Cavaliers responded with a pair of dominant performances, rolling to a 116-86 win in Game 3 and holding off Boston 111-102 on Monday.

James led the way with 44 points, five rebounds and three assists last time out. Three other Cleveland players hit double figures, with Tristan Thompson going for 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Boston shot just 41.2 percent from the field, missing several open jumpers while looking out of sync at times in its half-court offense. It also lost its penchant for key defensive stops, allowing Cleveland to shoot 50.6 percent, and let the Cavs take a 60-45 rebounding edge.

Nagel knows the line in this game is way off. He's sharing why, and which team to back, only at SportsLine.

Which side of the spread do you need to jump on? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Cavaliers-Celtics you should back Wednesday from a seasoned analyst who's hitting 85 percent of his picks involving these teams.

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