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Stage Is Set for Round 2 in Celtics-Cavaliers Heavyweight Rivalry

Isaiah Thomas won’t be on the court in Wednesday’s contest between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, but he will be in the building in what’s sure to be an emotional return to TD Garden.

SHARK BITES
  • The Celtics are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games after a win.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Cavaliers’ last six games with no days off between games.
  • The Cavaliers are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games against teams with winning records.

Thomas, who was a two-time all-star in Boston before getting dealt to Cleveland in the Kyrie Irving trade, made his debut for the wine and gold on Tuesday after missing the first 36 games of the season due to a hip injury. The diminutive point guard is slated to sit out in the second half of a back-to-back set but looked like his normal self in his debut, which is a promising sign for Cavs fans as we reach the midway point of the season.

Following a 5-6 SU stretch, the Celtics are starting to round into form and are riding a three-game winning streak heading into tonight’s contest. Irving, who was a four-time all-star with Cleveland, scored 28 points in a 108-105 triumph over Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve.

The UNDER has been the go-to wager when the Cavs play in Boston, evidenced by the UNDER paying out in seven of the last nine between the Eastern Conference clubs at TD Garden.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Cleveland Cavaliers opened this morning as 1-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at OddsShark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 210.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 107-101 victory for the Celtics. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Celtics are 30-10 so far on the NBA season, and 24-14-2 vs the spread betting line. The Cleveland Cavaliers, meanwhile, are 25-12 and 12-24-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 20-19-1 and the Cavaliers go 18-18-1 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Cleveland injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 15-rated Celtics and the No. 5-ranked Cavaliers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Boston's No. 20-ranked offense averaging 103.45 PPG, against a Cleveland Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 23 at 107.35 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 45.31% so far, less than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 47.82% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland earned a 127-110 victory over Portland on Tuesday, getting 24 points from LeBron James at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Celtics got 28 points from Kyrie Irving as Boston ran past Brooklyn 108-105 on Sunday at TD Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
  • Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Boston is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
  • Boston is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Orlando, Saturday, January 6
Boston home to Minnesota, Friday, January 5

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