Cavaliers vs. Celtics NBA Picks: Bet a Stronger Cleveland Team at -2

Charles Stark

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 12:18 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 12:18 PM GMT

Our NBA handicapper takes a close look at Cavaliers vs. Celtics game tonight. Read this betting preview that will help you make your NBA pick on the sharp side. Join us inside.

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NBA Pick: Cavalers -2
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

NBA odds have come out making Cleveland a -2 favorite. For my selection of the day I'm going to take Cleveland as the small favorite to going to Boston and come out with the win. As Cleveland starts to get healthy I think they are due to go on a roll, all due respect to Boston, but I think the Cavs have them a bit overmatched tonight.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland is averaging 102 points per game while shooting 45.6% from the field, and allowing 96.7 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field. With Iman Shumpert back in the lineup Cleveland has another solid defender, but it still remains to be seen if Kyrie Irving will be back. Offensively with Lebron and company they have been really efficient averaging 51.7% in effective field goals which ranks third in the NBA. They are also continually a threat beyond the arc as they attempt 27.6 shots from distance per game which ranks fifth, and make 10 of those per game which also ranks fifth. What has been the biggest difference for Cleveland overall is on the defensive end as they rank fifth in scoring defense. They are controlling tempo a lot and playing really hard on the defensive end of the floor allowing just 20.4 assist per game which ranks fifth in the NBA, and hitting the glass hard allowing just 48.5 opponent total rebounds per game which ranks second. Statistically they have been better than average also in opponent three-point and overall shooting percentage from the field.

 

Boston Celtics
Boston is averaging 103.7 points per game while shooting 43.5% from the field, and allowing 98.8 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field. It seems to me they are ahead of schedule in their plan to get back into the mix of things come playoff time. Offensively they have not been very efficient but they haven't had to be with the amount of shots they're getting up per game at 89.2 per contest which ranks first in the NBA. With Brad Stevens you know you're going to get a very unselfish team so this matchup should be interesting with the Celtics who average 24.9 assist per game which ranks fourth in the NBA against the Cleveland team that excels in not allowing the extra pass. Defensively, like Cleveland, Boston has improved a lot since last year and they have been good from the inside out. The Celtics allow just 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc which ranks fifth in the NBA, and just 40.9 points in the paint per game which ranks 13th. This is just a much better team than last year but I think they're just not quite where they need to be to beat a team like Cleveland consistently.

This might be the time of year where Cleveland begins to roll so for one of your NBA picks I recommend backing the Cavaliers minus the points. Although I am a big fan of Brad Stevens Cleveland is just an overall better team and they won't come into this game taking Boston lightly. Look for Cleveland to make a little bit of a statement beating Boston on their home floor.

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