NBA Predictions - Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds & Free Picks

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Charles Stark

Thursday, November 3, 2016 2:48 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 2:48 PM UTC

The Boston Celtics come into Cleveland tonight considered as one of the contenders to dethrone the Cavaliers. Coming off a back to back might be a bit difficult for them tonight and NBA odds makers believe so as well making them a pretty big underdog.Can the Celtics stay within the number?


Boston Celtics

Boston is averaging 108.3 points per game while ranking first in the NBA with a 57.7% effective field-goal percentage. It was only a matter of time until Brad Stevens got this team going in the right direction and it seems sometime within the next few years they will be back to their traditional standing. So far this season they have been really efficient and they rank first in the NBA in effective field-goal percentage, as mentioned, as well as overall shooting percentage and shooting efficiency. 

So far this season they have not gone at the pace that they are accustomed to, but we saw more of that last night versus Chicago. Although they are coming off a back to back and having to travel I like how they match up with the Cavs and last year they did pull off 104-103 win in one of their two trips to Cleveland. One area they will need to focus on tonight is stopping Cleveland from shooting the three so well as Boston has struggled to defend the perimeter allowing 11.7 three-pointers per game which rank them towards the bottom of the league.


Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland is undefeated on the season averaging 111 points per game which rank them third in the league. Of course, they have a target on their back this season and so far they have looked more than capable of defending their title. Offensively they have been excellent and really efficient ranking sixth in the league in overall shooting efficiency. As well, from beyond the arc, they have been very good averaging 38.2% so far this year. 

I don't really have any particular issue with Cleveland as I anticipate for them to win the Eastern conference again, but Boston is no joke so I think there is good value in grabbing the points. This should be a pretty fast paced game as Cleveland ranks in the bottom part of the league in attempts allowed per game. Overall there are some interesting matchups but with the way the Celtics have been moving the basketball and their overall depth, I like for them to give Cleveland all they want tonight.


Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Oddsmakers currently have Boston as a +8.5 underdog like at 5Dimes, now offering a 50% free play bonus. For my NBA pick I'm going to take the Celtics plus the points and look for them to keep things interesting tonight. Cleveland should dominate the East but Boston will be right on their heels.


Free NBA Picks: Celtics +435 & Celtics  +9.5 -103Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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