Cavs. vs. Celtics Prediction
The Boston Celtics are a heavy favorite at home tonight when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Will Boston be able to cover this lofty spread at 7:30PM ET?
539 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 540 Boston Celtics
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7:30PM ET – TD Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Celtics are the clear favorite in this game, as they are getting odds of -16.5 points against the Cavs. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 77 percent going on Boston at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Cavs getting manhandled
Cleveland has lost four straight, losing all by at least 16 points. Their latest loss is 104-88 at home to Chicago on Monday. The Cavs are 9-39 on the season, 4-21 on the road, 20-27-1 against the spread and 24-23-1 with the over.
The Cavs have one of the worst offenses in the league, as they are scoring just 102.5 points per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 113.7 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot a league-best 49.3 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from the arc. Tristan Thompson will continue to sit out for Cleveland with his foot injury. Jordan Clarkson has been leading the team this season with 16.8 points per game while Collin Sexton is adding 14.5 points per contest.
Celtics on win streak
Boston is riding a four-game win streak following a 107-99 win at home over the Miami Heat on Monday. The Celtics are 2-2 against the spread during this win streak. Boston is now 29-18 overall, 18-5 at home, 24-23 against the spread and 28-19 with the over.
The Celtics are one of the better defensive teams in the NBA, allowing just 105.8 points per game while limiting opponents to 44.2 percent shooting from the floor and 33.2 percent shooting from the arc. Offensively, Boston is putting up 112 points per game. Al Horford will sit out tonight’s game for rest. Kyrie Irving is leading the team with 23.5 points and 6.9 assists per game while Jayson Tatum is adding 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Cavs are 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six road games and 10-26-1 ATS in their last 37 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Boston is 30-10 ATS in their last 40 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record.
This is a pretty big spread, but the Cavs haven’t been competitive at all lately. They just lost at home to the Bulls by 16 points and already lost their first trip to Boston by 33 points. The Celtics are without Horford, but they have played well in stretches without him already this season. Cleveland doesn’t have enough in the paint to really capitalize on his absence. The Cavs don’t have the talent and seem to be in tank mode. Look for Boston to roll in this one.
NBA Prediction: Boston Celtics -16.5