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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics - 3/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (23-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (37-24)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

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The Boston Celtics travel to the Quicken Loans to battle the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

The Boston Celtics have won seven of their last 11 overall but will be gutted that they couldn't win their fourth straight game on Sunday against the Warriors. Isaiah Thomas led the scoring with 20 points, Tyler Zeller added 17 points and Brandon Bass added 15 points and 12 rebounds, but none of it matters because the Celtics blew a 26-point lead against the Warriors and fell victim to a massive night of 37 points from Stephen Curry. Even with the loss, the Celtics remain one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference which has seen them climb to 23-34 on the season which leaves them right in the mix for the last spot in the playoff race.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics - 3/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been absolutely red-hot since the middle of January but they're suddenly looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Rockets in a thrilling 105-103 overtime on Sunday. LeBron James led from the front with 37 points, Kevin Love added 21 points and Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 19 rebounds, but it still wasn't enough as LeBron missed two key free throws which would have given the Cavs the lead with :04 left in overtime. With the loss, Cleveland drops to 37-24 on the season which leaves them just half a game behind Chicago who are struggling for consistency.

In ATS trends, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 8-0 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, while the Cavs are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games overall.

Head to head, the Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland and the Home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.

Understandably, the Cavs have opened as double digit favorites at home in this one, but I actually think the Celtics will be good enough to be competitive in this one. I'm not predicting an upset by any means, but I like the Celtic's chances of keeping the score respectable here.

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Boston +12

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