Free NBA Pick: Celtics vs Cavaliers NBA Odds
Looking for Boston Celtis vs. Cleveland Cavaliers free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Celtics taking on the Cavs on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Celtics Cavaliers matchup.
(34-19) Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (11-42)
Date: Tuesday February 5th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -13
NBA Betting Total: 214½
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics are competing for opposite accomplishments this season. Boston, currently 3.5 games back of the second seed as of this writing, is still after the No. 1 seed out East. Cleveland, on the other hand, is desperate for lottery positioning with the prospect of Duke’s Zion Williamson as a game-changing, franchise-saving pick.
These two teams face off Tuesday night.
The Celtics just need to focus on what they can control here. What is that exactly? That would be ball control, taking smart shots, locking down on defense and not giving up cheap transition buckets via their own turnovers.
Although these are obvious keys for every team playing every night, they’re particularly important for Boston right now. Seeing as we’re just days away from the NBA Trade Deadline, it’s easy for anyone to get distracted. The Celtics, in particular, however, may be extra vulnerable.
Although Anthony Davis’ main objective is to land with the Los Angeles Lakers, and even though he’s stated he does not have interest in signing with the Celtics long term, it won’t stop folks from speculating what the C’s might be willing to do to acquire the All-NBA big man.
Remember, the Celtics would have to give up Kyrie Irving to swing a deal before July 1, but with recent news that Irving may not want to re-up with the team this summer, he shouldn’t be considered untouchable.
All this is just to say that the C’s must focus on winning a basketball game and not worry about what’s to come on Thursday.
It’s easier said than done, but if you look past your opponent—even one of the worst teams in the league—there’s a good chance you slip up and possibly lose a very winnable contest.
If the Cavs are going to catch the Celtics off guard, they’re going to need some decent basketball being played along the way. That starts with Collin Sexton.
The rookie point guard has had a very up-and-down season with more valleys than peaks. He’s had a few stretches where he’s looked like his flashes of potential were becoming more sustainable, but his season-long advanced metrics have him as one of the objectively worst players in the NBA.
That’s why this team—as it waits for Kevin Love’s eventual return—goes as its floor general goes. Sexton should be able to create against Irving and the Celtics’ starting defense, but the big factors here will be whether or not he’s able to sonvert after he creates.
Defending Irving will also be problematic, especially considering Kyrie likely feels a need to overperform every time he plays at The Q, where he made a name for himself before requesting a trade two offseasons ago.
NBA Betting Trends:
- CLE are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.
- Over is 10-4-1 in CLE last 15 home games.
- Home team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
- Favorite is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Although the line hasn’t been set for this one, we just have to ask ourselves: Will the Celtics have focus or let the Cavs hand around?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Boston ATS
At this point, it looks as if Anthony Davis could be in Los Angeles by the time this game tips off, making it easier to focus. But even if he’s still with NOLA, Boston should look good against one of the worst teams the NBA has to offer.
C’s get a big win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston Celtics 117 – Cleveland Cavaliers 101
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