Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, and Algorithm Picks from the SportsGrid Betting Model
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Game Information
Cavaliers (8-7) vs. Celtics (8-6)
Date: Sunday, January 24
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: TD Garden
TV Coverage: CSNE, FSOH
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Cavaliers +203 Celtics -248
Spread: Cavaliers +6 (-110) Celtics -6 (-110)
Total: 213 O/U (-110)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Cavaliers +25000 Celtics +2100
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics News and Notes
It doesn’t seem like many would have predicted the Cavaliers and Celtics would hook up in late January with just a half-game separating the two teams in the standings. Cleveland has certainly overachieved while Boston has been rocked by COVID-19, injuries, and a shorthanded lineup.
The Celts have now dropped three-straight games and are now 1-4 following three-straight postponements without their franchise player Jayson Tatum. Tatum tested positive for COVID-19 following a win against the win on January 8. What followed was the next three Celtics games being postponed because they did not have the minimum eight players needed to play with a host of the team in quarantine because of contact tracing. Tatum continues to recover from coronavirus, and Boston was hoping to have him back this weekend as head coach Brad Stevens said he was 50-50 to play Friday against Philadelphia. That didn’t happen, and he’ll now miss his fifth straight game and hasn’t seen the court in nearly three weeks.
Jaylen Brown has been doing everything he can to keep the ship from sinking. Brown has averaged almost 29 a game since his running buddy went out, including a 42-point effort in Friday’s loss to the Sixers. Marcus Smart, not generally known for his defense, has stepped up as well. The Celts guard has put up almost 23 a night in the past two, well, above his 13.8 per game season average.
Cleveland is on the opposite trajectory of Boston. The Cavs come in off perhaps the best stretch of the season for the young team. Cleveland made a statement taking back to back games from the Brooklyn Nets. First, the Cavaliers downed The Big Three of James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant in double overtime on Wednesday before repeating the feat on Friday. CLE then completed the two-game sweep beating the Nets by 12 for the second-straight game, who rested Durant for the night.
Collin Sexton has been playing out of his mind, first scoring a game-high 42 in Game 1, just to follow it up with a team-high 25 to go along with nine assists in the team’s second Brooklyn beatdown. The Cavs also got help from a pair of players they acquired from the Nets in that James Harden multi-team swap. Jarrett Allen put up 19 points on Friday after hitting his former team with a 12 point, 11 rebound double-double to go along with four blocks. Taurean Prince also haunted his former club off the bench, putting up games of 14 and 17 points in the two-game sweep.
The veteran Andre Drummond helped out his young teammates with a 19 point, 16 board double-double against the Nets. He’s leading the league with 15.1 rebounds per game. A beast on the glass, Drummond is coming off a season-high 24 rebound game followed by a game of 23 boards just over a week ago.
The Cavs will look for their first four-game win streak of the season and get two games above .500 for the first time since starting the year at 3-0. Boston will try to avoid their first four-game losing skid in two years and dropping to just a game over .500 for the first time in nearly a month.
Cleveland has hit the under in the past six games as a road dog and their past six games away from home overall. The under has also been the play in eight of the past nine games the Cavs have played on one day’s rest. Boston has covered in six of the past eight times they’ve hosted the Cavaliers, while Cleveland has covered just once in the past five vs. the Celts. The Cavs come in having covered their past three games while Boston is 0-3 against the spread in their past three overall.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Predictions and Picks
SG Betting Model Win Probability: Cavaliers 53.02% Celtics 46.98%
SG Betting Model ML Star Rating: Cavaliers – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Spread Star Rating: Cavaliers – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Total Star Rating: Under – 2.5 stars
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