Cleveland Cavaliers (214) vs. Boston Celtics (-14) Preview & Prediction (12/09/2019)

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be on the road Monday taking the court against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston. Cleveland will be looking to end a nasty losing streak after losing 141-94 against the 76ers in Philadelphia on Saturday. The Celtics will be looking for a fourth consecutive win after beating the Denver Nuggets 108-95 in Boston their last time on the court.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 5-17 following a 141-94 loss against the 76ers in Philadelphia. Darius Garland was able to connect on 7 of 20 from the field to lead the Cavaliers with 17 points. Tristan Thompson was able to pass the ball for a team-high four assists while Kevin Love pulled down seven rebounds. Cleveland had four players finish the game with at least 10 points on the night.

The Cavaliers have been good for an average of 102.9 points per game on the offensive end of the court while hitting 43.2 percent from the field. They have been able to pass the ball for an average of 20.4 assists per night while grabbing 43.6 rebounds. Defensively, they allow an average of 113.2 points per game to their opponents. Cleveland has been taking the ball away for 7.3 steals every time they are on the court to go along with 3.2 blocks. They will be looking for to avoid a seventh consecutive loss.

The Boston Celtics are now 16-5 following a 108-95 win at home against the Denver Nuggets. Jayson Tatum was able to knock down 10 of 19 from the field to lead the Celtics with 26 points while passing the ball for a team-high five assists. Both Tatum and Jaylen Brown were able to grab seven rebounds. Boston had three different players finish with at least 19 points in the game.

The Celtics have been able to put the ball in the net for an average of 110.7 points per game this season while shooting 44.5 from the field. Boston has passed the ball for an average of 23.4 assists per night with 46.1 rebounds. On the defensive end of the floor, Boston gives up 103.5 points per night. The Celtics average 8.6 steals per game to go along with 5.8 blocks. They will be looking for a fourth consecutive win.

As on Sunday night, both the point spread and total were off for this game. Boston has been a much better team at both ends of the court this season. They shoot a higher percentage from the field, pass for more assists, and pull down more rebounds. I’m not exactly sure why the numbers aren’t up, but my money’s on the Celtics in this one.

NBA Stats and Trends:

  • Cleveland is 0-6 SU in their previous six games.
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in their previous six games.
  • Cleveland is 0-5 SU in their previous five games against the Celtics.
  • Boston is 5-1 SU in their previous six games.
  • The total has stayed under in eight of Boston’s previous 11 games.

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