The red hot Boston Celtics take their four-game winning streak to The Land when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 5, 2019, at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Red Hot Celtics
The Boston Celtics began their 2019-20 season with a disappointing 93-107 loss to their Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia 76ers. But the Men in Green have caught fire and are red hot with four straight wins heading to their Tuesday game against the Cavs in Cleveland.
Kemba Walker scored only 12 points in his Celtics debut but has since scored at least 22 points during Boston’s current four-game winning run. Jayson Tatum is also having a strong start with his 22.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game average. Gordon Hayward is also off to a solid start as he’s averaged 16.6 points. 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for Boston.
The Celtics rank 17th in the league in scoring at 108.6 points per game. Boston is 12th in rebounding with an average of 46.4 boards per contest. The C’s are 22nd in passing at 21.8 assists per contest. Boston is allowing their opponents to score only 103.0 points per game this season, the 5th best in the NBA.
Odds from BetOnline.ag as of 11/04/19
First Home Loss
The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered their first home loss of the season on Sunday as the Cavs were flattened 111-131 by Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. Cleveland began the John Beilein era with back to back home wins against the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls. They will have another tough assignment against Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
Kevin Love has looked healthy to start the season. Love is averaging 17.2 points, 16.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He scored a season-high 29 points against the Mavs but saw his string of four double-doubles snapped on Sunday. Collin Sexton leads the Cavs with 18.2 points per game while Tristan Thompson is also averaging in a double-double with 17.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.
Cleveland is ranked 24th in the league in scoring at 103.8 points per game this season. The Cavs are 9th in rebounding at 47.8 boards hauled per contest. They are also 23rd in passing at 21.4 assists per outing. The Cavaliers are allowing their opponents to score an average of 107.0 points per game this season.
The Celtics are the NBA betting favorites here and they are 4-1 SU in their last five games played. Boston is 1-1 SU in two road games played this season and 4-1 SU in their last five games against the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are 2-14 SU in their last 16 games played. Cleveland is 2-5 SU in their last seven games played at home. Head to head, Celtics are 4-1 SU in their last five games played against the Cavaliers.
Boston is 3-0 SU as NBA betting favorites this season. The Celtics have won four in a row and Kemba Walker has scored at least 32 points in his last three games played. They are playing without big men Enes Kanter and Robert Williams who are both dealing with knee injuries and need to gang-rebound against a Cleveland team that is in the Top 10 in rebounding.
Kevin Love has put up four double-doubles in his last five outings but he needs more scoring from his supporting cast to beat a high-powered offensive team like Boston. The Cavaliers are 2-1 SU at home this season but remember that they lost to the Mavericks in their last home game. Dallas has been the best opponent that Cleveland has played so far. Boston is the first contender they will have to deal with. Cleveland is a bottom 10 scoring team and I don’t think they have enough firepower to compete with the trio of Walker, Tatum, and Hayward. If Jaylen Brown returns to action on Tuesday, this should be an easy win for the Celtics. I’m picking the Boston Celtics to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Other Bets to Make
Boston is 3-6 ATS in their last nine games played and 1-1 ATS in two road games played this season. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against an opponent from the Central Division. Cleveland is 3-1-1 ATS in five games played this season. The Cavaliers are 2-1 ATS in three home games played this season and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Atlantic Division. Head to head, the Celtics are 3-1 ATS in their last four games played against the Cavaliers but Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against Boston.
Odds from BetOnline as of 11/04/19
The Celtics have outscored the Cavaliers by 3.9 points per game in their last 10 games played and 12.33 points per game in their last three meetings. Four of Boston’s five games this season have been decided by 10 points or more so win or lose, the Celtics have been in blowouts. Cleveland was blown out by Milwaukee and Dallas, two teams that have started strong early in the season. The Cavs have the edge in size with Love and Thompson up front so I expect the Celtics to use their speed to counter that. I don’ think Cleveland can keep up.
Prediction: Celtics -5.5
The total has gone under in six out of the last seven games played by the Celtics. The total has gone under in four out of Boston’s last five road games played. The Cavaliers have seen the total go over in 10 out of their last 15 games played. The over is 4-2 in the last six games played by Cleveland. Head to head, the total has gone over in four out of the last six games between these two teams.
Odds from BetOnline as of 11/04/19
These teams have combined to score 203.9 points per game in their last 10 meetings and 215.67 points per game in their last three meetings. The Celtics have averaged 112.5 points per game during their four-game winning streak while allowing just 102 points per game during that period. Boston is one of the top defensive teams early in the season and Cleveland is a bottom-10 scoring team this season. I think this is going to be a low-scoring game dictated by the Boston defense.
Prediction: Under 214