cavaliers vs celtics nba prediction

NBA Cleveland vs Boston Celtics Prediction 12/12/2023

The Cleveland Cavaliers (13-10) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (16-5) on Tuesday, December 12th. This game will be played at TD Garden in TD Garden and televised on NBCS. 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 Knicks. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

Cavaliers vs Celtics

The Cavaliers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Cavaliers is coming off a loss to the Magic in their latest game, ending with a score of 104-94. At the beginning of the second half, the Cavaliers were leading 54-51.

As they prepare to take on the Celtics, the Cavaliers hope to stay above .500 and improve their record of 13-10. Right now, they are 7th in the Eastern Conference and are 3rd in the Central division.

Cleveland comes in with an overall ATS record of 9-13 so far this season. Currently, the Cavaliers have a two game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 4-4 against the spread as underdogs.

The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win

The Celtics won vs. the Knicks in their most recent game, ending with a score of 133-123. Not only did the Celtics win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -7.5 point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 221 points in which the two teams surpassed.

The Celtics come into today’s action with an overall record of 16-5 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. When looking at their home and road splits, Boston is 10-0 at home compared to 6-5 on the road.

Boston comes in with an overall ATS record of 9-11 so far this season. Boston has failed to cover the spread in five straight road games and are 2-8 ATS on the road compared to 7-3 at home.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

Cleveland has recorded an average of 110.5 points per game (24th) throughout 23 games games. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Cavaliers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.3 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 13th in the league in field goal percentage 13th%.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

The Celtics come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 117.3 points per game (7th). The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.6 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 17.1 made free-throws per game.

Cavaliers Team Defense

On average, the Cleveland defense is giving up 110.3 points per game (7th). Right now, they are on a 2 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average.

Cleveland’s defense is currently forcing 14 turnovers per game, which is 22nd in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 17th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.9 rejections per game.

Celtics Team Defense

This season, the Celtics defense has been impressive, holding the 3rd position in the league while permitting an average of 108.8 points per contest.

When it comes to forced turnovers, the Celtics are forcing 13.1 per game, which is 13th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 9th in blocked shots at 5.8 per game.

Key Players For The Cavaliers And Celtics

Our projections for today’s game indicate that Donovan Mitchell will be the primary scorer for the Cavaliers, with 15 points and going 6/13 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 27.3 points per game, in addition to 5.7 rebounds.

On the other side, Jayson Tatum is our projected leading scorer for the Celtics. We have him ending the game with a team-high 16 and grabbing 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 49.6%, and he is contributing 27.5 points per game on average.

Cavaliers vs Celtics Trends

  • The Cavaliers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last road games and 4-1 straight-up.
  • Across the Celtics last ten home games, the team averaged 111 points per game while allowing 110. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-7-1, while going 5-5 straight-up.
  • As the betting underdog, the Cavaliers have an ATS record of 3-2 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 3-2.
  • Through their last five games as the favorite, the Celtics have an ATS record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 4-1.

Cavaliers vs Celtics Prediction

For a pick on the point-spread in this Celtics vs. Cavaliers matchup, our bet is to grab the Cavaliers at +10. Even though our projections have the Celtics winning 111-109, we see the Cavaliers as the play on the point-spread.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 223.5 and our model has the Cavaliers and Celtics finishing with a combined 220 points. Our pick is to take the under.

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

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