Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics - 11/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (2-1) at Cleveland Cavaliers (4-0)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -8 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics invade the Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers have hit the ground running with four wins on the trot and they'll be looking to stay hot after taking down the Rockets in a 128-120 shootout on Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving led the scoring with 32 points on 10 of 19 shooting, Kevin Love added 24 points while LeBron James stuffed the box score with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as the Cavs poured on 43 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Rockets and remain undefeated on the season.
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Meanwhile, the Celtics improved to 3-1 on the season with a 107-100 win over the Bulls last night. Isaiah Thomas steered the offense with 23 points and 10 assists while Avery Bradley added 13 points with four assists, but the real x-factor for the Celtics was actually Amir Johnson who drained a career-high four 3-pointers in the third quarter to finish with 23 points on nine of 11 shooting. In injury news, Jae Crowder left Wednesday's game with a sprained left ankle and did not return, leaving his status for tonight's game unclear, while Al Horford who missed Wednesday's game with concussion is expected to sit out once again.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 games playing on zero days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six against the NBA Central, while the Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
The Celtics have been playing well to start the season and are more than capable of pulling off the upset, but they're a little shorthanded and will be playing this game on zero days rest which spells trouble to me. I'm sticking with the Cavs to remain undefeated in this one.