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(25-12) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics (30-10)
Date: Wednesday January 3, 2018
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
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Sadly Isaiah Thomas who made his return Tuesday won’t be in the lineup when the Cleveland Cavaliers take on his former Boston Celtics squad. The Cavaliers arrive on the heels of a back to back having defeated the Portland Trail Blazers the night prior. The Celtics last played on New Year’s Eve when they hung on for a win versus the Nets.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Celtics winning three of the four contests. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Knicks 287 of their 467 matches.
Isaiah Thomas made his debut as a Cavalier Tuesday evening on his new home court. In his first outing this season Thomas played just short of 19 minutes. Thomas took 12 shots connecting on half (3 of 8 from the perimeter), added 3 assists and had two turnovers The Cavaliers were happy to return to the East after losing three games in a row on the opposite coast.
During the month of December although the Cavaliers only played four playoff teams in their 14 games they registered the 26th worst defense. As much as Thomas’ return will help the Cavaliers they’ll still need to work him into the system and develop chemistry. Yet the real issue is the Cavaliers need to get their defense in hand. Unlike an offense which can just pick up pace and start clicking the defensive kinks need to be worked out in season.
LeBron James continues to post MVP worthy stats through the campaign and play far too many minutes for a 33 year old in his 15th season. To date the Cavs have experienced one of the easiest schedules, but January represents a far more trying timetable. The big question is how much time Thomas can shave off James minutes and whether his presence will help or hinder the already porous Cav’s defense.
The last time these teams met it was opening night and everyone was excited about how the squads would compare to each other. Then the horrific injury occurred to Gordon Hayward in the early minutes and suddenly the Celtics needed to reexamine how they would function this season.
Rookie Jayson Tatum has been a revelation stepping into Hayward’s role of secondary scorer and Jaylen Brown has shown palpable signs of growth as he helps the Celtics maintain a top tier defense. The latter is a bit deceiving as the Celtics while still ranked first on defense suffered regression in December (7th). The big question is how Kyrie Irving will be able to lead his squad as they begin to take opposite coast trips on a more frequent basis to finish the schedule.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Road team is 13-2-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
- Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Boston.
- Cleveland ae 8-2 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction: Cavs get back on track
Although the Cavaliers haven’t fared well on the road recently LeBron James will want to send a message to his former partner in crime Kyrie Irving that he is still the King of the castle.
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Boston struggle to get points, the Cavaliers struggle to defend and enter on the second night of a back-to-back set. Still, LeBron James remains the best player on the court and will be determined to remind Boston of that fact.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 105 – Celtics 103
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