Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics - 4/12/14
Boston Celtics (23-55) at Cleveland Cavaliers (32-47)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSOH
The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet Saturday for the third time this season in a meaningless NBA matchup. The Celtics won the first two matchups this year.
The Celtics snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 106-103 victory on Friday over the Charlotte Bobcats. That was only the Celtics fourth win since the beginning of March. On the season, the Celtics average 95.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allow 100.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting. The Celtics have allowed seven of their last eight opponents to score more than 100 points, and Avery Bradley has scored 20-plus points in his first two games back. The Boston Celtics are 37-39-2 ATS overall and 21-18 ATS on the road.
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The Cavaliers have dropped three of their last four games, including a 119-116 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. On the season, the Cavaliers average 97.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allow 101.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Since scoring 44 points in a single-game, Kyrie Irving is 7-18 from the field and 0-6 from three. Meanwhile, Dion Waiters is shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three in his last five games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 39-40 ATS overall and 22-17 ATS at home.
The Celtics are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, while the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The points seem tempting in this spot, but the bottom line is that the Cavs are the much better team in this matchup. There's also the letdown factor with the Celtics considering they are coming off their biggest win in over a month.
Take Clevland to get the job done at home. Yeah, as crazy as that sounds.