Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 1/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+3)
The Boston Celtics (8-6) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-7) at TD Garden on Sunday. The spread on this matchup has Boston as 3-point favorites. The O/U is set at 226.
The Cleveland Cavaliers played the Brooklyn Nets and walked away with a win by a score of 125-113 in their last contest. Cleveland finished with a 51.7% FG percentage (45 out of 87) and made 8 out of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers made 27 of 32 shots for a percentage of 84.4%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 50 with 13 of them being offensive. They also distributed 24 dimes in this matchup as well as earning 7 steals and 3 blocks. In reference to defense, Cleveland allowed the other team to go 48.3% from the floor on 42 out of 87 shooting. Brooklyn totaled 23 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Nets collected 29 boards (6 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 8 blocks. Brooklyn went 88.2% from the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of 17 attempts. They also made 14 of their 43 shots from long range.
Collin Sexton is a player who was a major factor in this matchup. He scored 25 points on 8 of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 29:34 mins and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Sexton finished the game at 42.1% from the floor and also earned 9 assists. One more player that played a role in this matchup for the Cavaliers was Andre Drummond. He collected 16 boards and also accounted for 4 dimes. He finished the contest at 61.5% from the field for the game by shooting 8-of-13 (19 points). Overall, Drummond played for 27:28 min.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a mark of 8-7 on the campaign. They are turning it over 16.2 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 18.9 fouls every game. As a unit, Cleveland is pulling in 44.7 rebounds per contest and has racked up 363 assists for the year, which ranks 18th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Cavaliers are hitting 35.7% on shots from distance (152 of 426) and 68.5% from the free throw line. They average 104.3 pts per game (29th in the league) while hitting 45.3% from the floor. Defensively, the Cavaliers are able to force 17.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.3 fouls. They give up 38.7% on shots from downtown while they are 4th in the league in points per game allowed (106.6). The Cavaliers are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.9% (268 of 290) and they relinquish 44.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 15th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 375 relinquished on the campaign.
For their last game, the Boston Celtics took a defeat with a final score of 122-110 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics pulled down 22 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 32 for the contest. They also blocked 5 tries while earning 10 steals in this contest. The 76ers committed 23 fouls for the matchup which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for 20 tries. They were able to make 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. In relation to shooting from downtown, Boston made 12 of 30 tries (40.0%). Overall, the Celtics walked away from this one shooting 41 out of 90 from the field which had them sitting at 45.6%. The Celtics allowed the 76ers to bury 45 out of 81 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.6% for this game. They finished 42.9% from beyond the arc by shooting 12 out of 28 and ended up shooting 20 of 24 at the charity stripe (83.3%). Concerning how they rebounded, Boston allowed Philadelphia to grab 45 in total (10 offensive).
Jaylen Brown ended up being a major contributor for the Celtics in this game. He made 16 out of 28 for the matchup giving him a rate of 57.1%, which had him sitting at 42 points. Brown had 9 boards in his 35:50 minutes of time on the hardwood and tallied 3 assists for this game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Boston was Marcus Smart. He was able to score 20 points in 39:18 mins on the court via 7 out of 17 shooting in this contest. Smart ended the game having shot 41.2% from the field and also collecting 7 dimes and 3 total rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss record of 8-6 this season. Boston has accounted for 1,548 pts for the year (110.6 per contest) and they average 44.1 rebounds per game. The Celtics are committing 21.7 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 74.3% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Celtics are shooting 46.7% from the floor, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 22.6 times per game (26th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 15.4 times per game. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 16th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 110.9. They have forced 14.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (20th in basketball). The Boston defense concedes 36.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (161 of 442) and their opponents are converting on 78.9% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 22.1 assists and 42.6 boards per contest, which ranks them 1st and 6th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (+3)
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