The Cleveland Cavaliers (25-12) and their sensational offense visit Boston to take on the Celtics (30-10) and their tremendous defense. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and will air on ESPN.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Betting Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Celtics won a close one over the Brooklyn Nets 108-105, while the Cavaliers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 127-110.
Cleveland dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.337 (above their season average of 0.222) and a turnover percentage of 9.2 (better than their season average of 13.1). Portland was 0.144 and 13.2, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, Boston’s 0.582 effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Brooklyn, who had a rate of 0.468. The Celtics’ mark was above their season average of 0.522. Kyrie Irving played a pivotal role for Boston with 28 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Cleveland rallied around LeBron James, who recorded 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Cleveland could have a tough time creating turnovers. Boston ranks ninth in the NBA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.7 percent), while Cleveland forces the seventh-fewest turnovers (13.6 percent). Moreover, the Cavaliers rank third in offensive efficiency (112.1), while the Celtics rank first in defensive efficiency (101.4).
Vegas is exceedingly precise when predicting totals of Cavaliers games, with an even split between overs and unders. Cleveland has a solid 25-12 straight up (SU) record, but they are just 11-24-1 against the spread (ATS).
Coinciding with to Cleveland, Celtics games have no tendency in regards to the total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under. Additionally, Boston is 30-10 SU and 24-14-2 ATS.
In their first matchup this year, James led the Cavaliers to a 102-99 victory. He recorded a double-double with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Cleveland was unable to cover as a 5-point favorite and the two teams combined for 201 points, which was well under the projected point total of 216. Cleveland made good use of their 25 trips to the free throw line, converting on 21 of them (84.0 percent). Boston, on the other hand, was 19-25 (76.0 percent).
Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Under
The Celtics rank 13th in rebounds per game (44.0) while the Cavaliers rank 14th in rebounds allowed per game (42.8).
Boston ranks third in assists allowed per game (20.3) while Cleveland ranks 29th (25.4).
The Celtics rank fifth in points allowed in the paint per game (41.5) while the Cavaliers rank 18th (45.0).
Boston ranks fifth in second chance points allowed per game (10.8) while Cleveland ranks 15th (12.2).
Boston ranks fourth in fast break points allowed per game (9.3) while Cleveland ranks 11th (10.4).
The Celtics rank sixth in three pointers allowed per game (26.6) while the Cavaliers rank last (32.1).
The Celtics rank 19th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Cavaliers rank 28th (3.7).
Cleveland ranks 11th in points off turnovers per game (17.4) while Boston ranks 28th (14.2).
Boston is 21-1 when they allow below 100 points, while Cleveland is 10-1.
The Cavaliers are 25-8 when they score more than 100 points, while the Celtics are 22-4.
Cleveland is 9-9 ATS on the road, while Boston is 11-8-2 ATS at home.
Of the Cavaliers’ 18 road games, they have 10 unders and 8 overs.
The Celtics have 12 overs and 9 unders in 21 home games.
The Celtics are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Cavaliers are 0-5.
In their last five games, Boston has 3 overs and 2 unders, while Cleveland has 3 unders and 2 overs.
During their last five games, the Celtics have scored an average of 105.8 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 99.4 points per game (0.9 above their season average).
The Cavaliers have been outscored by an average of 0.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Cleveland has defeated opponents by an average of 3.2 points.