The Cleveland Cavaliers, unstoppable so far in the playoffs with eight straight wins, storm into Boston to take on the Celtics as Game One of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals will live stream on Wednesday, with LeBron James and his defending NBA Champions needing to shake off the rust of a nine-day layoff since they finished off the Toronto Raptors in four straight in the Eastern semifinal round.
Boston — who capped off a bruising, seven-game victory over the Washington Wizards just on Monday — hold home court advantage in the series after earning the top seed in the East, the result of the Cavaliers taking their foot off the accelerator as the regular season wound down. Cleveland lost their final four games, and their last eight of 13.
But no major NBA expert gives Boston a chance in the series, and few even see a hope for the Celtics to capture Game One. Las Vegas oddsmakers agree, with Bovada sports book seeing Cleveland as a -210 favorite, meaning that bettors would need to plunk down $210 just to win $100.
The Celtics are +175 underdogs according to the Bovada money line, meaning that a wager of $100 will bring a $175 return on a Celtics Game One victory.
The Celtics’ 40-year-old head coach, Brad Stevens, is taking his team to the Conference Finals for the first time in his four-year tenure. (Image by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
To find out how to watch a free and legal live stream of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game One, NBA Eastern Conference Finals matchup, see the streaming information at the bottom of this page. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, May 17 — or 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Watch a preview of Game One courtesy of The NBA Show on ESPN in the video below.
If the Celtics are to have any shot at all at stunning Cleveland, they will of course need to find some way to slow down the world’s best basketball player, 32-year-old, 14-year superstar LeBron James. Through the Cavaliers first eight postseason games, all victories, James is averaging 34.4 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists while shooting a lights-out 57 percent from the floor, including an incredible 46.8 percent from three point land.
The Celtics’ offense as always will run through their undersized, 28-year-old point guard Isaiah Thomas, who has topped 20 points in eight of the Celtics 13 postseason games through the first two rounds, including a 53-point outing and a trio of 33-point games.
Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers will be tasked with guarding Celtics scoring phenomenon Isaiah Thomas in Game One. (Image by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Can the Boston Celtics shock the basketball world and pull off a Game One victory in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, despite going into the series as heavy underdogs? Or will the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James shake off the rust of their nine-day layoff and make a statement on the Celtics’ home court to win their ninth playoff game in a row?
To find out, watch the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff Game One live stream online from the 17,500-seat TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, with streaming video provided by Watch TNT at this link, or by downloading the Watch TNT app to watch a live stream on mobile devices. Watch TNT also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV set-top streaming device, allowing fans to watch the Celtics vs. Wizards Game Four showdown streaming live to their TV sets.
For fans who want to stream the Cavaliers-Celtics Conference Finals opener for free without cable login credentials, a feed from TNT Overtime will also be streaming at the above link, or on most mobile devices. TNT Overtime allows fans to choose and switch between any one of four camera angles on the game, or to watch all four simultaneously in a mosaic view.
Fans without the login credentials to allow viewing of the live stream via Watch TNT can also access the NBA playoff game using the Sling TV basic internet TV package, which offers the TNT network, including the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff Game One, and comes with a seven-day free trial. To sign up, visit this link.
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