Two top defensive teams in the NBA meet when the Boston Celtics (44-18) take the court as five-point favorites versus the Cleveland Cavaliers (39-25) on March 1, 2023 at TD Garden. A 218.5-point over/under is installed for this matchup.
How to bet Celtics vs. Cavaliers
Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -210 odds to pick up the win, while the Cavaliers are listed at +174 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 218.5 points.
Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
- Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts
- Arena: TD Garden
Celtics vs. Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Celtics are 32-27-3 against the spread this year. Boston has been the favorite in 58 games this season and has come away with the win 42 times (72.4%) in those contests. Celtics games this year have gone over the total in 32 out of 64 opportunities (50%).
Against the spread, the Cavaliers are 34-29-1 this year. Cleveland has been the moneyline underdog 13 total times this season. The Land has finished 3-10 in those games. Cavaliers games this year have gone over the total in 30 of 64 opportunities (46.9%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Celtics: Mike Muscala: Questionable (Knee), Derrick White: Probable (Ankle), Jaylen Brown: Out (Personal)
What you need to know about the Boston Celtics
Boston is ceding 112 points per game this year (ninth-ranked in NBA), but it has really thrived on offense, averaging 117.7 points per game (fourth-best). The Celtics are averaging 121.2 points per game this year in home games, which is 6.9 more points than they’re averaging in road games (114.3). The Celtics have seen a downturn in scoring recently, putting up 115.5 points per game in their last 10 contests, 2.2 points fewer than the 117.7 they’ve scored this year.
Boston is top-five this season in three-point shooting, ranking second-best in the league with 15.9 treys per game. Meanwhile, it ranks seventh with a 37.7% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Celtics are attempting 46.2 two-pointers per game this season, which account for 52.3% of the shots they’ve taken (and 62.1% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 42.1 three-pointers per contest, which are 47.7% of their shots (and 37.9% of the team’s buckets).
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
On offense Cleveland is the fifth-worst team in the league (111.9 points per game). But on defense it is best (106.5 points conceded per game). The Cavaliers are scoring more points at home (113.6 per game) than on the road (110.2). Over their previous 10 games, the Cavaliers are putting up 113.9 points per game, two more than their season average (111.9).
Cleveland is 19th in the NBA in 3-pointers made (11.5 per game) and 11th in 3-point percentage (36.4%). In 2022-23, the Cavaliers have taken 37.3% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 62.7% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 27.8% of the Cavaliers’ buckets have been 3-pointers, and 72.2% have been 2-pointers.
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