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Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
TD Garden
The Line
The Line: Boston -16.5 -- Over/Under 216
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics duke it out at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a league-worst slump as they’ve lost 16 of their last 17 games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after getting blown out by the Bulls in a 104-88 home loss on Monday. Collin Sexton led the team with 18 points, Ante Zizic added 13 points while Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 12 points and four assists off the bench. As a team, the Cavaliers shot a miserly 35 percent from the field and six of 27 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from an early double-digit deficit, only to get blown out in the second half as they had no answer for the Bulls’ Zach LaVine. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 9-39 overall and 5-18 at home.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in great form as they’ve won eight of their last 11 games and they will be looking to build on their current four-game win streak after sneaking past the Heat in a 107-99 home win on Monday. Kyrie Irving led the way with 26 points, 10 assists and a career-high eight steals, Jayson Tatum added 19 points, Marcus Morris scored 17 points while Al Horford chipped in with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 49 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from the 3-point line as they blew the Heat away by 37-18 in the third quarter to cruise to an easy win after the scores were tied at halftime. With the win, Boston improved to 29-18 overall and 18-5 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six road games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games overall. The Celtics are 30-10 ATS in their last 40 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Boston and the Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Boston.

The line seems a little over-inflated when you first look at it, but it’s reasonable when you consider that the Cavaliers have lost their last four games by an average of 17.7 points during this skid. The Celtics still aren’t playing at their absolute best, but they’ve reeled off three straight wins since beating the Raptors a week ago and they looked great in their third quarter explosion against the Heat on Monday. The Cavaliers are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Boston and I think that trend continues as the Celtics blow this one out.

Boston -16.5
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