Saturday, March 5, 2016
Quicken Loans Arena
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The Boston Celtics travel to Quicken Loans Arena to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 7 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 212.
The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 37-25 and a road record of 16-15. They are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 4.5 as they are averaging 106.1 points per game while giving up 101.7 per contest. Boston is 7-5 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 25-16. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Cavaliers have an overall record of 42-17 and a home record of 25-5. They currently are 1st in the Central Division. They are averaging 102.9 points per game and surrendering 97.2, good for a point differential of 5.7. Cleveland has a division record of 6-5 and a conference record of 25-12. In their last 10 games they are 7-3.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this contest averaging 21.6 points per game while playing 32.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Celtics. He pulls down 2.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 89%. Avery Bradley averages 15.3 points per game in 33.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2 assists per contest and 2.6 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
LeBron James averages 24.9 points per game while playing 35.9 minutes per contest this year for the Cavaliers. He grabs 7.2 rebounds per game and has 6.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage currently is at 71%. Kevin Love averages 15.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.1 rebounds per contest and 2.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
Boston averages 106.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 22nd. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 27th in the league. They average 53.5 rebounds per game and 24.7 assists per game which ranks them 7th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 13th with 13.9 per game. The Celtics allow 101.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.9 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 20.5 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 16.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the league.
Cleveland averages 102.9 points per game this year which ranks them 10th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 5.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 9th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 7th in the NBA. They average 53 rebounds per game and 22.3 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 12th respectively. In the turnover department the Cavaliers rank 9th with 13.5 per game. The Cavaliers allow 97.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 9th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.5 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 21.1 assists per contest which puts them in 9th place in the league. The Cavaliers force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 24th in the NBA.
The Celtics average 106 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 105.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 2.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 13.3 per contest. The Celtics have an offensive rating of 106.8 and a defensive rating of 102.3. In terms of pace they average 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%.
The Cavaliers score 105.6 ppg at home and they have averaged 98.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -4 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 7.3 points per game. The Cavaliers rating on offense is 109.6 and they have a defensive rating of 103.6. They get 93 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 34% of their shot attempts. Cleveland turns the ball over on 12.6 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 34-26-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 31-30-1 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 25-32-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 28-31-0 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
02/18/16 C Kelly Olynyk Shoulder out indefinitely
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
02/25/16 PG Mo Williams Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Boston
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