Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cleveland Cavaliers (5-17) at Boston Celtics (16-5)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -13.5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet Monday in NBA action at the TD Garden.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 113.2 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Colin Sexton is averaging 17.7 points and 2.4 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 16.1 points and 10.5 rebounds. Tristan Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Clarkson is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost five straight road games.
The Boston Celtics look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 110.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 103.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.8 points and five assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 21.2 points and seven rebounds. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won all nine home games this season.
The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Celtics are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 road games. The under is 8-3 in Celtics last 11 overall. The Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Boston and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings in Boston. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 51.5 percent shooting and losing by an average of 21.4 points in their last five games. The Cavs lose on the road by an average of 13.1 points. The Boston Celtics are undefeated at home this season and win those games by an average of 8.9 points. I don't enjoy laying double-digit chalk in this league, but backing the Cavaliers in any shape or form given their current status simply isn't an option for me. The Cleveland Cavaliers simply play no defense and are getting blasted night in and night out. I'll take the Celtics in a comfortable home win.