Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction 3/5/2024

The Boston Celtics (48-12) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (39-21) on Tuesday, March 5th. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and televised on TNT. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Cavaliers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Warriors. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

Celtics vs Cavaliers

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The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win

The Celtics took down the Warriors in their most recent game with a final score of 140-88. the Celtics entered the second half with an advantage, leading with 82-38.

With their .500 record of 48-12, the Celtics enter today’s game vs. the Cavaliers. In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are in 1st place and are also 1st in the Atlantic division.

Boston comes in with an overall ATS record of 29-28 so far this season. Boston has covered the spread in two straight road games and are 12-14 ATS on the road compared to 17-14 at home.

The Cavaliers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Cavaliers is coming off a loss to the Knicks in their latest game, ending with a score of 107-98. Heading into the second half, the Cavaliers were leading 53-51.

When it comes to their overall record of 39-21, the Cavaliers are looking to add to their above .500 record as they face off against the Celtics. At home, the Cavaliers have gone 20-11 compared to their 19-10 record on the road.

Cleveland comes in with an overall ATS record of 29-29 so far this season. On the road, the Cavaliers have an ATS record of 15-12, as opposed to a 14-17 record against the spread when playing at home.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

Heading into play, the Celtics’ offense is rated 3rd in the league in scoring, averaging 121.3 points per contest.

So far this season, the Celtics are the top three-point shooting team in the NBA, averaging 16.4 made threes per game. In addition, they are also 4th in three-point shooting percentage at 38%. Overall, Boston is 3rd in scoring at 121.3 points per game.

When it comes to their scoring, the Celtics are 4th in home scoring at 123.4 points per game, compared to 118.9 points per game on the road. In terms of pace, Boston is 17th in the league at 98.2 possessions per game.

When it comes to field goal percentage, the Celtics are 10th in the NBA at 48%. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 3rd in the league at 57%. However, Boston is just 30th in two-point attempts.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

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Through 60 games games, Cleveland is averaging 114.3 points per game (18th).

When it comes to scoring, the Cavaliers are 18th in the NBA with 114.3 points per game. At home, they are averaging 115.5 points per game.

So far this season, the Cavaliers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 45% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 12th in the league at 48%.

Cleveland has been one of the better three-point shooting teams in the league, ranking 7th in made threes per game. In terms of pace, they are 21st in the NBA.

Celtics Team Defense

On defense, the Celtics come into the game ranked 4th in the league in points allowed at 109.9 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 99 points per contest (30th). The Boston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.4% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 44.8% of their field goal attempts vs. Boston.

Cavaliers Team Defense

At present, the Cavaliers’ defense is ranked 2nd, allowing 109.5 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Cavaliers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 51.6% while allowing 36.1% from downtown.

Key Players For The Celtics And Cavaliers

For today’s matchup, we project Jayson Tatum to lead the scoring for the Celtics, putting up 26 points and shooting at a rate of 9/19. For the season, he has been averaging 27.1 points per game, in addition to 8.4 rebounds.

On the flip side, our predictions place Darius Garland as the leading scorer for the Cavaliers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 18 while also collecting 2 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 45.9%, and his scoring average is 18.4 points per game.

Celtics vs Cavaliers Trends

  • The Celtics are 3-1-1 ATS in their last road games and 5-0 straight-up.
  • Although Cleveland has a straight up record of 8-2 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 5-5. The team averaged 113 points per game in these games.
  • As the betting underdog, the Cavaliers have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 2-1.
  • Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Celtics have a straight up record of 10-0. But, their mark vs the spread was just 6-3-1.

Celtics vs Cavaliers Prediction

For a point-spread wager in this Celtics vs. Cavaliers game, we suggest taking the Cavaliers at +7.5. Even though our predictions have the Celtics winning 117-116, we see the Cavaliers as the better choice on the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 218, and our model predicts the Celtics and Cavaliers to score a combined 233 points. We recommend betting on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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