The Cleveland Cavaliers (40-26) host the Boston Celtics (45-20) on March 6, 2023 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavaliers are strongly favored, by 7.5 points, in a matchup featuring two of the NBA’s top defensive teams. The point total is 218 points for this contest.
How to bet Cavaliers vs. Celtics
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 7.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -309 odds to pick up the win, while the Celtics are listed at +247 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 218 points.
Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Monday, March 6, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBCS
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio
- Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cavaliers vs. Celtics Betting Trends
In the Cavaliers’ 66 games this year, they have 36 wins against the spread. Cleveland has been victorious in 37, or 71.2%, of the 52 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. Cavaliers games this year have hit the over on 31 of 65 set point totals.
The Celtics have 32 wins against the spread in 65 games this season. Boston has put together a 2-2 record in games it was listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 50% of those games). Celtics games this season have gone over the total in 34 of 65 opportunities (52.3%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Cavaliers: Donovan Mitchell: Questionable (Finger)
Celtics: Robert Williams: Out (Hamstring), Malcolm Brogdon: Out (Ankle)
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland sports a top-five defense this season, ranking best in the league with 106.4 points allowed per game. On offense, it ranks 25th with 112 points scored per contest. The Cavaliers are putting up 113.6 points per game this year when playing at home, which is 3.3 more points than they’re averaging away from home (110.3). The Cavaliers’ offense has been improved over their last 10 games, racking up 113 points per contest compared to the 112 they’ve averaged this year.
With 11.5 three-pointers per game, Cleveland is 18th in the NBA. It owns a 36.4% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 12th in the league. The Cavaliers have taken 62.7% two-pointers and 37.3% three-pointers this year. Of the team’s baskets, 72.2% are two-pointers and 27.8% are three-pointers.
What you need to know about the Boston Celtics
In 2022-23, Boston is fourth-best in the league offensively (117.7 points scored per game) and ranked eighth on defense (112.4 points allowed). The Celtics average 120.9 points per game at home, and 114.3 away. The Celtics are scoring 119.5 points per contest over their last 10 games, which is 1.8 more than their average for the season (117.7).
Boston is the second-best team in the league in 3-pointers made (15.8 per game) and sixth in 3-point percentage (37.7%). In 2022-23, the Celtics have taken 52.5% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 47.5% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 62.2% of the Celtics’ buckets have been 2-pointers, and 37.8% have been 3-pointers.
Our prediction to win this game is the Cavaliers, and we project that Celtics will cover the spread (Cavaliers -7.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 218 points.
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