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Celtics vs. Cavaliers: Betting Picks, Predictions and Preview

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Celtics vs Cavaliers Preview, Picks, Predictions, Odds and Injury Report
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On Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, the Boston Celtics (6-7) are playing the Cleveland Cavaliers (9-5) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. At the present time, the Celtics are 7-6 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, while the Cavaliers are 11-3 against the spread. BetUS odds are posted below for this Eastern Conference rematch.

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers odds, predictions, picks and game preview

Start time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse; Cleveland, Ohio

TV channels: Bally Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass, NBC Sports Boston

Radio broadcast: WTAM/WMMS/WNZN, WBZ-FM

Live stream: DIRECTV STREAM (cancel within 14 days for a full refund), NBC Sports Boston (enter cable provider information)

ESPN’s Basketball Power Index: Cavaliers have a 54.2% probability of winning

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Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers news

Upon further review of Land of Basketball’s database, based on 217 regular season games played all-time between these two Eastern Conference teams, the Celtics are 134-83 versus the Cavaliers. Nonetheless, in the past three head-to-head meetings, Cleveland is 3-0 against Boston. This past Saturday, the Cavs defeated the Celtics 91-89 at home. Though, Boston is also 7-3 in the team’s previous 10 head-to-head matches against Cleveland.

After Monday’s practice, shooting guard Romeo Langford for the C’s was asked about how the team will manage to bounce back from their loss to the Cavs. Langford replied, “We had good energy today. We weren’t dwelling on [Saturday’s] loss. We all know what happened, what we needed to work on, and we just came in to try to get better.” Boston has not defeated Cleveland during the regular season since Jan. 24, 2021, when they won 141-103 at TD Garden.

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers betting lines and odds

Celtics vs Cavaliers Odds, Injury Report, Picks, Preview and Predictions

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 200.5

Point spread: Celtics -3 (-110)

Best moneyline: Celtics -150, Cavaliers +130

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers injury report

Celtics: C Al Horford (probable) | SG Josh Richardson (probable) | SF Jaylen Brown (out indefinitely)

Cavaliers: PF Kevin Love (out indefinitely) | PF Lauri Markkanen (out) | SG Collin Sexton (out indefinitely) | PF Lamar Stevens (out)

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers preview

Additionally, in the Celtics’ 91-89 road loss versus the Cavaliers on Saturday, guard Dennis Schroder led his team in scoring, finishing his performance with 28 points in 35 minutes of action. Forward Jayson Tatum closed out his effort with 21 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 35 minutes played. On top of out-rebounding the Cavs 47 to 39, the C’s held them to nine points in the opening quarter.

Overall, Boston played the better game statistically, but Cleveland did win the turnover battle. Boston’s nineteen turnovers contributed the most to their two-point defeat on the road. Not to mention, they were outscored 29 to 15 in the fourth quarter. Plus, they shot 33-for-78 (42.3%) from the floor and 6-for-23 (26.1%) from behind the arc. Now, they are 4-4 away and 5-3 ATS away.

Furthermore, on Saturday, the Cavs’ win over the C’s gave them their second win in a row. They have won seven of their last 10 games. Most NBA analysts did not anticipate a start like this for Cleveland. In their two-point win over Boston, guard Darius Garland scored a team-high 22 points in 36 minutes spent on the court. And, rookie forward Evan Mobley had 19 points and 9.0 rebounds in 40 minutes played.

After evaluating the other side of the box-score game statistics, Cleveland shot 31-for-81 (38.3%) from the field and 10-for-38 (26.3%) from three-point range. In spite of the number of players listed on their injury report, the Cavs just keep on winning. The team is now 4-2 at home and 5-1 ATS at home this season. Since Boston has a lot of their own problems right now, bettors are leaning towards picking Cleveland to win again.

Projected starting lineup

Celtics: PG Dennis Schroder | SG Marcus Smart | SF Jayson Tatum | PF Al Horford | C Robert Williams

Cavaliers: PG Darius Garland | SG Isaac Okoro | SF Dean Wade | PF Evan Mobley | C Jarrett Allen

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers prediction

Moreover, the total for tonight’s intraconference matchup is set at 200.5. Referencing the spread consensus, 73% of bettors are expecting the Celtics will cover the spread at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. According to the point total consensus, 71% of gamblers are thinking the total will go over 200.5. Thus far, Boston is 5-3 as a selected favorite, 1-4 as an underdog and 5-3 ATS away this season, whereas Cleveland is 2-0 as a favorite, 7-5 as an underdog and 5-1 ATS at home.

For interesting betting trends, the Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their previous six performances. The total has gone under in four of the team’s past five games, too. Next, they are 4-2 straight up in their last six contests, and the total has gone under in four of the team’s previous five games played versus Eastern Conference opponents. Lastly, they are 2-4 ATS in their past six contests against Cleveland.

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As for the Cavaliers, they are 8-0 ATS in their last eight performances. Also, the total has gone under in five of the team’s past six contests. However, the total has gone over in eight of Cleveland’s last 12 games played against Boston. And, they are 4-1 SU in their previous five games played versus Atlantic Division opponents. Finally, the total has gone under in five of their last six matches played in November. Therefore, pick the Cavs to win at home, but the total will likely go over 200.5 in this rematch.

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers betting pick

Pick the Cavaliers to win at home, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 200.5. Cleveland is a three-point underdog with BetUS.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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