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Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (25-12) at Boston Celtics (30-10)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -2.5 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN, FSOH, CSNN

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.1 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.8 points and 9.2 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 20.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. Dwyane Wade is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost their last four road games.

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Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics look for a statement victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 98.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.8 points and 4.9 assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.4 points and 5.7 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won eight of their last 11 home games.

The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Boston, the road team is 13-2-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Boston.

I don't like taking the older Cleveland Cavaliers on the end of a back to back, and despite beating Portland last night, the Cavs are still a team that has been awful against the number overall. The Boston Celtics nearly beat Cleveland opening night and has been the better, more consistent team this season. The Cavs will be motivated to get the job done for IT, even if he's not playing, but this is a chance for the Celtics to make a statement on their home court. I like the Celtics to get the job done.

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