Celtics vs. Cavaliers - 11/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (3-3) at Boston Celtics (3-4)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +5.5 -- Over/Under: 214 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, CSNN
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics play Friday night at the TD Garden.
The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be finally finding their rhythm as they’ve won two straight games. The Cavs are getting the job done offensively, as they’re averaging 102.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting from the field. Overall, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring 100-plus points. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 24.8 points and 6.7 assists, while Kyrie Irving is averaging 22 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Kevin Love is shooting 44.4 percent from deep this month and Tristan Thompson has 11 rebounds in his last two games. Defensively, the Cavaliers are allowing 103 points on 48.1 percent shooting, an area they certainly have to improve if they’re going to compete for a championship. Dion Waiters is probable despite a back injury.
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The Boston Celtics have won two of their last three games and two of their three wins have come at home. The Celtics have been an offensive machine out the gate, averaging 104.6 points on 47 percent shooting. Jeff Green leads the way with 18.9 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.7 points on 45 percent shooting from the field. Rajon Rondo has 18 assists in his last two games and Evan Turner is 8-28 from the field in his last two games. Defensively, the Boston Celtics are allowing 106.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting, an area that has killed them this season. The Celtics have lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing 100-plus points. With a solid start to the season, this will be a good test for a young Boston team to see exactly where its at in terms of progress.
The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS win. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, while the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
While the Cleveland Cavaliers still have a ways to go to become this super team, they're clearly starting to iron out a few wrinkles and have more than enough firepower to give the Celtics fits. You have to take Cleveland and the small chalk here.