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2021 NBA Handicapping
(6-7) Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (9-5)
Date: Monday, November 15th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -149 | Cavaliers +140 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -3
NBA Betting Total: 200.5
Monday, November 15th finds the Boston Celtics facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second of two consecutive games at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. On Saturday the Cavaliers took the first meeting 91-89.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Cavaliers winning two of the three contests. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers in 134 of their 216 matches.
An interesting week for the Celtics who exacted revenge for the home opener rout by the Raptors and also beat the Bucks but then lost to the Cavaliers in a game they had a stranglehold on.
There’s no shame in losing to this iteration of the Cavaliers who’ve won six of seven, however, allowing Cleveland to erase a 19 point deficit should raise red flags.
The Celtics scored 52 points in the first half while holding Cleveland to 38. But the Cavs flipped the script in the second half outscoring Boston 53 to 37.
Jayson Tatum appeared primed to take another step upward at the end of last season but while he’s averaging 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists his shooting tells the real story.
Case in point – his perimeter efficiency is 32.1 percent but that’s not the biggest concern, rather the fact he’s only shooting 38.8 percent from the field is the issue.
For perspective, last season Tatum shot 38.6 percent from the perimeter and 45.9 percent from the field. Certainly, he’s drawing more attention with Jaylen Brown sidelined but his shooting woes aren’t isolated to the last four games.
Tatum will have a strong outing but he’s not stringing together solid shooting nights with consistency. On Saturday he scored 21 points but it took him 22 shots (8 of 22) with another anemic perimeter night (1 of 8).
Dennis Schroder led the way with 28 points, Robert Williams offered a double-double (12 points, 16 rebounds), Grant Williams chipped in 11 points.
Al Horford (back) and Josh Richardson (knee) are questionable for Monday while Jaylen Brown remains out with a hamstring strain.
This young Cleveland squad plays with confidence and grit. They are a work in progress and developing seemingly every game out. They’ve learned how to win in a variety of ways and don’t get rattled.
They won a game in Toronto that they didn’t take the lead until the final five seconds of the match and on Saturday overcame scoring only nine first quarter points, erasing a 19 point deficit all while locking up the Celtics defensively.
Their rookie Evan Mobley is shining on both ends of the floor and the decision to play him with Jarrett Allen is working.
Losing Collin Sexton to a torn meniscus hasn’t adversely affected Cleveland especially with Darius Garland taking a step this season and veteran Ricky Rubio is having a resurgent season.
On Saturday Garland led the way with 22 points while Mobley posted 19 points and nine rebounds. Rubio offered 16 and Allen chipped in 11 as the other double-figure contributors.
Kevin Love remains in quarantine. Lauri Markkanen (quarantine) and Lamar Stevens (ankle) are questionable for Monday. Sexton (meniscus) is out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics teams are 7-3 in the last 10 head to head
- The Cavaliers are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
- Over Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
Free Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Although the Celtics are favored they aren’t the same team who after a bad loss you knew would come right back and get a statement win. To this point in the season, the Cavaliers have looked like the deeper team with better chemistry, depth, and consistency.
I waffled back and forth wondering which version of the Celtics would show up and still couldn’t resolve to select them.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers +3
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