Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics - 12/22/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics - 12/22/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (15-16) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (19-12)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in terrific form as they’ve won 10 of their past 12 games and they will be aiming to extend their current six-game win streak after routing the Bucks in a 119-90 road win on Saturday. Cedi Osman led the team with 23 points on eight of 12 shooting off the bench, Darius Garland added 22 points with six assists on 10 of 13 shooting while Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio scored 15 points apiece. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 50 percent from the field and 16 of 45 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 34 points in the first quarter to take an early double-digit lead, before running away with it in the second half where they held the Bucks to just 39 points.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in a rut as they’ve lost five of their past seven games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling just short to the 76ers in a 108-103 home loss on Monday. Jaylen Brown led the team with 30 points, Jayson Tatum added 17 points with nine rebounds and six assists, Jayson Tatum tallied 17 points with nine rebounds and six assists while Enes Freedom and Marcus Smart each scored 15 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 46 percent from the field and seven of 27 from the 3-point line as they poured in 31 points in the third quarter to take a nine-point lead, before coming up short in the fourth quarter where they got outscored by 33-23 to allow the 76ers to steal the game.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 24-5 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Celtics are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games against a team above .600.

Head to head, the over 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 Cavaliers have really been flying under the radar lately as they’ve quietly won 10 of their past 12 games and their last six straight. The Celtics have struggled for consistency all season and they’ve struggled to get going lately despite having all their key players back in the lineup. I can see why the Celtics are favored at home with the roster they have, but the Cavaliers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and I think they can keep this one close right till the end.

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Peter’s Pick Cleveland +5.5

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