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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

December 12, 2023

The Boston Celtics look to keep their winning ways going as they take on the upstart Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday nightinside the TD Garden in Boston, MA. They jump it up at 7:30 pm.

Boston Celtics Betting Preview

The Celtics (16-5) have won four of five overall and have clearly shown they are the best team in the Eastern Conference and they have the depth and the talent to make a serious run into the playoffs and get back to the NBA Finals. 

Boston is stacked and they have a ton of depth on the bench and they are led by their backcourt, which includes a big time scoring threat and option in rising star Jayson Tatum. Tatum is averaging 27 points per game to go along with eight rebounds and five assists per contest. He is a brilliant player and the Celtics look for him to take that clutch shot late. 

Boston can score with the best of them and they have one of the most potent offenses in the league and they have several players not named Tatum who can score 20 plus points on any given night. They shoot an amazing 58% from the floor, including 36% from beyond the arc. 

Jalen Brown is a great second option and takes pressure off of Tatum as well. He contributes 22 a night. 

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview

The Cavaliers (13-9) are a young team and they are still trying to find their way. They have been rolling and have won three straight and five of six overall. 

They are an upstart team and they have serious and high expectations of making a deep run come playoff time. They have some solid young players and are led by point guard Darious Garland who is coming into his own, as he is netting 19 points a game. 

But they really rely on veteran Donovan Mitchell who is a legitimate All-Star every season and he is pumping in 27 points per game to go along with six rebounds and five assists. The Cavaliers have played much better defense and they can also push the ball down the floor and attack the basket. This is where their athleticism comes into play. 

They need to make sure they get bodies on Tatum and Brown and if they can contain them they can keep this game close. Look for Mitchell to also move around in space and look for the three-ball as well as put the ball on the floor and try to find Garland slashing to the basket. 

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick 

The Celtics are 4-1 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the number. The Celtics are 3-2 in their last five games against the number too. They are also 2-7 in their road games against the number too. The Cavaliers are 4-1 in their last five games and 3-1 in their last five games against the spread. They are also 5-4 in their road games against the number. 

Spooky Express Pick: Boston Celtics- 10