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NBA Matchup - Celtics Cavaliers Odds Preview

Cleveland CavaliersBoston Celtics
April 5, 7:30 PM | TD Garden

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Odds

22-52TEAM RECORD39-36

The Celtics will be trying to slam the Cavaliers on Friday when the teams tip off at TD Garden in NBA betting action.

The Cavaliers will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 38-36 ATS against the number this season, while the Celtics are 34-38-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Cleveland is 38-36 on the totals; Boston is 37-37-1.

View Cleveland vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Celtics were listed as 6-point favorites at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), with the total was listed at 203 over at 5Dimes earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Celtics, currently No. 17 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cavaliers, who rate No. 28 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 98-93 victory for the Celtics.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 29-rated squad against Cleveland's No. 24-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 24 in the league with 6.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 17 with 6.9 per outing.

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 21-rated defense on the road, giving up 102.8 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 113-95 loser at home against the Nets. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (208) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Cleveland suffered a 113-95 loss against Brooklyn on Wednesday, getting 16 points from Kyrie Irving in a losing effort at Quicken Loans Arena.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 98-93 winner as they battled the Pistons at home. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite, while 191 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Jeff Green poured in 34 points for Boston on Wednesday, as they defeated Detroit 98-93 at TD Garden.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Orlando are 5-5
After playing Brooklyn are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Cavaliers at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
Boston is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
Boston is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Orlando, Sunday, April 7
Boston home to Washington, Sunday, April 7