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Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Boston Celtics (43-31) at Cleveland Cavaliers (19-55)

NBA: March 26, 2019 @ 7:00 PM EST (Quicken Loans Arena)

Line and Odds: Celtics -6.5/ Cavaliers +6.5 — Over/Under: 217.5

Free NBA Pick Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Celtics and Cavaliers will face off on Tuesday in what should be a lopsided matchup in Cleveland.

Boston has been one of the coldest teams in the NBA over the past week and have lost four straight games coming into Tuesday’s matchup with the Cavs. The Celitcs have struggled on both sides of the ball recently; Boston is allowing nearly ten points more than its season average while scoring four points less over the last week. Offensively, Boston’s biggest problem has been ineffective three point shooting; despite ranking among the top-ten teams in three point field goal percentage and being heavily reliant on the three point shot for points, the Celtics have ranked 25th in the league in three point shooting percentage over the last week. Defensively, the Celtics have been substantially worse on the glass and have allowed significantly higher field goal percentages from all over the floor over the past week. Fortunately for the Celtics, the Cavaliers are an inefficient offensive team that struggles to defend three pointers, so Boston should have a chance at re-establishing its strengths.

The Cavaliers have been relatively impressive of late with rookie guard Collin Sexton emerging as a consistent, high quality offensive threat, but the Cavs are still one of the league’s worst defensive teams and don’t offer much on offense. Cleveland runs a relatively balanced offense that doesn’t rely on any specific area of the floor for a particularly large amount of points, although the Cavs are a very strong three point shooting team (ninth in the NBA in three point field goal percentage). On defense, the Cavaliers rank near or at the bottom of the league in nearly every statistical category. Importantly, the Cavs are one of the league’s worst three point defenders (only the Timberwolves allow a higher opposing three point shooting percentage) and struggle to defend in the paint. Cleveland is a fairly strong defensive rebounding team but are pedestrian on the offensive glass.

Cover the Spread 365 NBA Betting Trends

Boston Celtics

Boston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games

Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games when playing at home against Boston

Cleveland is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games at home

Free NBA Pick Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Expect the Celtics to get their shooting back on track and slow down Collin Sexton enough to cover the spread.

The Pick: Boston Celtics -6.5 (-109)

Sam Chinitz
Sam Chinitz
Sam has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he's combined the two to become a handicapper and a blogger. He loves sports and loves writing about them. Using not just statistics and records, he uses common sense and conventional thinking. The opposite of what most bettors rely on--impulse wagering and following the norm. His articles are well-thought-out and well-researched.
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