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2021 NBA Handicapping
(19-12) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics (15-16)
Date: Wednesday, December 22nd
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers +190 | Celtics -244 (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -5.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Wednesday, December 22nd, finds the Cleveland Cavaliers facing the Boston Celtics for the third time and final time this season. The teams split the prior decisions with Cleveland winning November 13th (91-89) and Boston winning November 15th (98-92).
Boston arrives following a 103-108 loss to the 76ers on Monday while the Cavaliers haven’t played since Saturday when they defeated the severely decimated Bucks 119-90.
It will be intriguing to see how adversity impacts the Cavaliers. Although they lost Collin Sexton early this season to a torn meniscus for the most part they’ve been healthy.
It could even be argued Darius Garland is thriving without Sexton who the Cavs were shopping prior to his injury anyway. They got a solid win on Saturday but did so facing a Bucks team missing their entire starting lineup and trio of stars.
Cleveland was missing their amazing rookie Evan Mobley who entered the health and safety protocols but was already expected to miss the game with hip soreness.
Unfortunately, he was joined by Isaac Okoro, Jarrett Allen, RJ Nembhard, Dylan Windler, Lamar Stevens, and Denzel Valentine. The sheer number of players out resulted in the league postponing their Sunday match versus the Hawks.
After experiencing a Cinderella season, the coming games will show us just how legit this Cavs squad is and how firmly entrenched their identity is.
While many thought Cleveland should take advantage and trade Kevin Love now -I’ve taken the opposite stance as the former champion and Ricky Rubio offers the perfect veteran combo to lead their young teammates keeping them professional and focused.
To that end, although Cedi Osman (23 and Garland (22) led scoring versus Milwaukee it was the vets who were the x-factors ensuring the Cavs avoided the temptation to play down to an undermanned squad.
Rubio delivered a double-double of 15 points with 10 assists plus five rebounds, three steals, and a block while Love offered 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and a steal while Rubio chipped in 15 points,
The shorthanded Celtics faced an equally undermanned 76ers team but the biggest issue was not having Al Horford to defend Joel Embiid. Boston’s two stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown did their best but came up short.
Brown was the top scorer with 30 points along with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Tatum offered 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.
While Enes Freedom struggled to defend Embiid he was successful offensively with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds
The Celtics have seven players affected by health and safety with six questionable for Wednesday including Al Horford, Jabari Parker, Juan Hernangomez, Grant Williams, and Sam Hauser while Josh Richardson and Brodic Thomas are out indefinitely.
Robert Williams is also questionable due to a personal matter.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 7-3 in the last 10 head to head
- The Celtics are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Cavaliers are 10-0 ATS in their last 10 games.
- The Celtics are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games at home.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 6 games.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
The team that deals with the adversity of being severely shorthanded and staying true to their identity will have the edge. With who is specifically available the Celtics have the star talent but the Cavs have the veteran savvy.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -5.5
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