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Celtics are Excelling as Road Dogs

Jae Crowder LeBron James

Friday’s slate of NBA action pits the Boston Celtics against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Ohio, where King James and company are beginning the longest homestand of the season. The Celtics, who opened as 7-point underdogs, have been a reliable play in this spot, as they’ve gone 17-6 ATS in their last 23 as road dogs.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Celtics' last seven games in February.
  • The Cavaliers are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games against the Eastern Conference.
  • The visiting team is 4-0 ATS in its last four games in this matchup.

Tonight’s contest marks the second time these teams have met this season, and Brad Stevens will be hoping his bunch can vastly improve off the first underwhelming effort (a 89-77 Cavaliers win). The C’s shot a season-low 32 percent from the field in that game in their lowest offensive output of the campaign.

The Celtics are on quite a roll as of late, claiming seven of their last eight in the wake of a 102-95 win over Detroit on Wednesday. Boston has managed to cover the spread in six of those affairs while being tabbed as an underdog just once during that span.

The Cavs, fresh off a 106-97 setback at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets, are just 1-6-1 ATS after a loss.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Boston Celtics betting line opened this morning as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 211 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 107-105 result in favor of the Cavaliers today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Cleveland battles the Boston Celtics, currently with a 29-22 mark (27-22-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 24-24 for the Cleveland Cavaliers and 24-26-1 for the Boston Celtics. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Boston injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Cleveland Cavaliers rated this week at No. 3 and the Boston Celtics sitting at No. 7.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Boston Celtics rank No. 7 in the league with 45.04 per game. That compares with Cleveland's No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cleveland is the NBA's No. 5-ranked team at 9.92 per game, while the Boston Celtics rate No. 10 with 9.02 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Isaiah Thomas scored 17 points leading the Celtics to a 102-95 victory over Detroit at TD Garden on Wednesday.

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points for Cleveland on Wednesday, but the Hornets managed a 106-97 victory over the Cavaliers at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Boston is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston home to Sacramento, Sunday, February 7th
Cleveland home to New Orleans, Saturday, February 6th

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