At 7:30 ET, the Celtics and Cavaliers are set to square off at TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics are favored by 8.5 points. If you’re interested in placing a wager, you can bet this game at BetUS.
Do the Cavaliers Have What it Takes in Boston?
In their last five games, the Cavaliers are 3-2 and have an overall record of 13-11. On the road, the Cavaliers are 7-5 this season, while going 6-6 at home.
So far, Cleveland is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 10-13. Currently, the Cavaliers have a two game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 5-4 against the spread as underdogs.
In their most recent game, the Cavaliers’ offense tallied 113 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 110.6 points per game. Cleveland’s offense is currently one of the slower paced teams in the NBA, at 98.2 possessions per game. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 18th in attempts and 24th in three-point shooting percentage.
In the current season, the Cavaliers defense has excelled, sitting 7th in the NBA by allowing 110.7 points per game.
Cleveland’s defense is currently forcing 13.9 turnovers per game, which is 21st in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 18th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.8 rejections per game.
- Ricky Rubio (Out) Personal
- Ty Jerome (Out) Ankle
- Evan Mobley (Out) Knee
Will Boston Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?
Heading into their matchup with the Cavaliers, the Celtics have an overall record of 17-5 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics hold the top spot and are also 1st in the Atlantic division.
Boston comes in with an overall ATS record of 9-12 so far this season. When playing on the road, the Celtics hold an ATS record of 2-8 in contrast to a 7-4 record against the spread when playing at home.
In their previous game, the Celtics’ offense finished with 120 points, which is right in line with their current average of 117.4 points per contest. The top scorer for the Celtics was Jayson Tatum with 25 points, while Jaylen Brown also added 25 to the scoreboard.
So far, the Celtics’ defense is ranked 4th in the league at 109.0 points per contest.
On two point field goal attempts, the Celtics’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 49.8% and allowing 36.7% from beyond the arc.
- Jaylen Brown (Questionable) Ankle
Cavaliers vs. Celtics Pick
For a point-spread wager in this Celtics vs. Celtics game, we suggest taking the Cavaliers at +8.5. Even though our predictions have the Celtics winning 111-108, we see the Cavaliers as the better choice on the point-spread.
Pick: Take the Cavaliers at +8.5
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 226.5, and our model projects the Cavaliers and Celtics to reach a combined total of 219 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
Pick: Go Under 226.5 points (-110)