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Celtics vs. Cavaliers - 4/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (51-28) at Boston Celtics (37-42)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, CSNN

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics square off Sunday at the TD Garden.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 103.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 98.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Kevin Love is averaging 16.5 points and 9.9 rebounds while J.R. Smith is averaging 12.7 points and 2.5 assists. Timofey Mozgov is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova is dishing 2.8 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 44.1 percent in their last five games, and 10 of their last 11 losses have come on the road. The Cavs are starting to rest guys with the second seed in the East locked up. Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert are questionable while LeBron James is doubtful with rest and injuries.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers - 4/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics have won five of their last six games. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 101.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and are allowing 101.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 19.6 points and 5.3 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 13.9 points and 3.2 rebounds. Brandon Bass is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Kelly Olynyk is dishing 1.7 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 45.7 percent in their last five games, and they’ve lost four of their last five home games. The Celtics are currently the seventh seed and get that much closer to clinching with a victory.

The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. 

The Celtics are getting closer to clinching a playoff spot and the Cavs are willing to lay down in this game. Take the home team. 

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