Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, NBA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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BOSTON CELTICS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
19-13 December 29, 8:00 PM | Quicken Loans Arena 23-7

When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 29, 2016
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, FSN Ohio (Cleveland)

Team Spread Money Line Total
Boston Celtics +6.5 -110 +210 216.5 -110
Cleveland Cavaliers -6.5 -110 -250 216.5 -110

The Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Quicken Loans Arena.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (19-13): Thomas is always ready to take over a game in the fourth quarter for Boston, but the team is getting strong contributions from several other players of late and added another on Tuesday when seldom-used swingman Gerald Green came off the bench to score 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 19 minutes. Green logged a total of 18 minutes in 18 games before scoring eight points in 12 minutes at New York on Christmas Day and earning himself a longer look on Tuesday. “(Green) can help us, really,” Thomas told reporters. “Coach is pointing in his direction, and he took advantage of his opportunity the last few games that he’s played. What he did today, that’s what he does. I mean, he comes off the bench and gives a spark, and he gives us energy.”

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (23-7): James, who leads Cleveland in scoring (25.5 points), assists (8.6) and steals (1.4), will continue to sit out whenever coach Tyronn Lue deems it necessary to keep the superstar playing at a high level deep into the spring. James recorded 30 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in a 128-122 win at home over Boston on Nov. 3 and was due for a rest after averaging 38.1 minutes in 12 games this month. Fellow All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both rested earlier this month to give nagging injuries a chance to heal and were a combined 14-of-34 from the field in Monday’s loss.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Cavaliers listed as 6½-point favorites versus the Celtics, while the game’s total is sitting at 216.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

The Boston Celtics own the third-best record in the Eastern Conference and believe they can contend with anyone when the roster is healthy. The Celtics will get a chance to prove that when they visit the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

Boston won six of its last seven games and is coming off a 113-103 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday but insists it is not trying to measure itself against Cleveland or any other team. “We don’t really care about what they’re doing and I know they don’t care about what we’re doing,” Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas told ESPN.com of the Cavaliers. “We’re just trying to focus on us and getting better each and every day, and we’ve done that the past seven games. With a healthy squad, we’re a pretty good team.” Cleveland is not fully healthy with J.R. Smith (thumb) out but should have its full complement of stars available after giving LeBron James the night off at Detroit on Monday, the day after a one-point win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. The Cavaliers were not quite as sharp with their best player on the sideline and suffered a 106-90 setback at the Pistons to snap a five-game winning streak.

Cleveland lost its last outing, a 106-90 result against the Pistons on December 26. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as a +5-point underdog, while the 196 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 113-103 winner as they battled the Grizzlies at home. The Celtics covered in the match as a -7-point favorite, while 216 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Boston:
Team record: 19-13 SU,19-13 ATS
Boston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games

Cleveland:
Team record: 23-7 SU,15-14-1 ATS
Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Boston home to Miami Friday, December 30
Cleveland at Charlotte Saturday, December 31

BUZZER BEATERS
1. Thomas scored 20 or more points in each of the last 16 games – the longest current streak of 20-point efforts in the NBA.

2. Cavaliers veteran SG Mike Dunleavy is fighting for rotation time and making the best of his opportunities by going 7-of-13 from 3-point range in his last five appearances.

3. Boston split a pair of trips to Cleveland last season.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Cleveland Cavaliers will cover the spread at -6.5 and the game will stay under 216.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Cavaliers 112, Celtics 103 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
BOS TEAM CLE
105.4 PTS FOR 110.1
103.3 PTS AGNST 103.0
2.1 DIFF. 7.2
32.4 DEF REBOUNDS 34.2
9.6 OFF REBOUNDS 10.3
44.7 FG% 45.7
79.6 FT% 76.0
11.0 3 POINTERS 13.2
7.7 STEALS 7.3
INJURIES
BOSTON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
CLEVELAND
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
BOSTON
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston’s last 11 games when playing Cleveland
Boston is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Cleveland
Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
CLEVELAND
Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland’s last 11 games when playing Boston
Cleveland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Boston
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Boston’s Overall Scoring vs Cleveland’s Overall Defense 105.4 11 103.0 11
Boston’s Away Scoring vs Cleveland’s Home Defense 106.1 9 102.8 14
Boston’s Road Rebounds vs Cleveland’s Home Rebounds Allowed 41.0 27 42.1 13
Cleveland’s Overall Scoring vs Boston’s Overall Defense 110.1 4 103.3 14
Cleveland’s Home Scoring vs Boston’s Road Defense 114.5 3 103.3 11
Cleveland’s Home Rebounds vs Boston’s Road Rebounds Allowed 45.1 14 45.6 18
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
BOSTON
No trends to report
CLEVELAND
Cleveland is second best in the league in three points made with 13.2 per game.
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
Boston 44.7 44.3 0.4
Cleveland 45.7 44.6 1.2
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
Boston 9.6 32.4 42.0
Cleveland 10.3 34.2 44.5
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
Boston 24.8 11.7 2.1
Cleveland 22.6 13.2 1.7

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