In this all-Eastern battle between two squads sitting on opposite sides of the conference table, the fifth Boston Celtics (43-31), are hosting the second-worse Cleveland Cavaliers (19-55), with both teams having lost their last four and two games respectively and are looking to end those losing streaks today.
Date/Time: 03-26-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 19-55 record (35-37-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Bucks with a 105-127 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 17.9 ppg, adding a team high 11.4 boards per game. He is followed by Jordan Clarkson with 17 ppg and 3.4 boards off the bench.
Boston Celtics have a 43-31 record (35-38-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Spurs with a 96-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.8 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and a team high 7.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 15.9 ppg and 6.2 boards per game.
Celtics have won all three meetings against the Cavaliers this season, winning the previous road game by 7 points. Cavaliers have a 13-25 home record, while the Celtics are 17-19 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 112.5 ppg to Cavs’ 104.4 ppg and defensively, allowing 108 ppg to Cavs’ 113.5 ppg. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.4% to 44.2%) and in 3-pointers (36.3% to 35.8%). Celtics are better in boards grabbed (44.5 to 42.6) and in dimes made (26.4 to 20.8), while both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (12.5 to 12.6). Celtics are the favorite even though they are struggling and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Boston Celtics -6.5 (-109)
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