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Cavaliers on Road at Boston Wednesday

The Cleveland Cavaliers have only covered the posted spread twice in their past eight games against the Boston Celtics despite picking the straight-up win in seven of those contests. LeBron James and company will take on the conference-rival Celtics again Wednesday night as slight -1.5 betting favorites.

The Cavaliers sit atop the Eastern Conference standings at 41-17 SU but just 27-29-2 against the spread on the season, and they’re 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS over their last six games heading into Wednesday night’s matchup. Cleveland last played on Monday night, rolling to a 102-95 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks but failing to cover the spread as 9.5-point favorites.

Kyrie Irving led the way with 25 points for Cleveland on Monday night, while James had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love is out indefinitely as he recovers from a knee scope.

Monday’s Cavs/Bucks game was an UNDER result for totals bettors, with the OVER/UNDER going 1-2-1 in Cleveland’s last four games after the OVER had paid out in seven games in a row from February 1-14. On the season the OVER/UNDER is 33-23-2 in Cavaliers games.

The Cavaliers remain the clear -300 favorites on the odds to win the Eastern Conference and return to the NBA Finals this spring. The Celtics are a +700 second favorite on those futures.

Celtics are Trying to Get Back on Track

Boston is 38-22 SU and 31-28-1 ATS on the season, and they trail the Cavaliers by four games in the Eastern Conference standings heading into their matchup on Wednesday night.

And the Celtics will be looking to snap out of a funk on Wednesday, as they’re 1-3 both SU and ATS over their last four games including a 114-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks as 4-point home favorites in their last game on Monday night. That game was a PUSH on the OVER/UNDER of 212 points; the OVER/UNDER is 30-28-2 in Celtics games this season.

Isaiah Thomas had a team-high 19 points for the Celtics in their loss to the Hawks on Monday night, while Marcus Smart had 16 points and Jaylen Brown had 15 points in the matchup.

The Celtics and Cavaliers have already met twice this season, with Cleveland winning 128-122 as a 10.5-point home favorite on November 3 and 124-118 as a 6-point home favorite on December 29. The OVER has paid out in their last three meetings dating back to last season.

 

*Odds as of March 1, 2017

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