Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 12/22/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Celtics (15-16) will compete against the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-12) at TD Garden on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers stepped onto the hardwood against the Bucks and notched a win by a score of 119-90 in their last game. Cleveland walked away from the contest having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (45 out of 90) and converted 16 of their 45 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers made 13 of their 14 attempts for a percentage of 92.9%. In terms of grabbing boards, they collected 46 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 36 assists in this game in addition to creating 4 turnovers and having 11 steals. In terms of defending, Cleveland let their opponent shoot 39.3% from the floor on 35 out of 89 shooting. Milwaukee recorded 44 assists and had 18 steals in this game. Furthermore, Milwaukee had 31 rebounds (13 offensive, 18 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Milwaukee ended up shooting 72.7% from the free throw line by making 8 of their 11 attempts. They also made 12 out of their 38 tries from beyond the arc. When talking about fouls, the Cavaliers ended up with 13 and the Bucks racked up 17 fouls.
Cedi Osman is someone who was a major contributor in this game. He ended up with 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 27 minutes and collected 5 rebounds. Osman finished the game at 66.7% from the floor and earned 4 dimes.
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Cleveland heads into this game with a record of 19-12 this year. They are averaging 107.0 points per contest (17th in the NBA) while hitting 46.3% from the floor. The Cavaliers are shooting 36.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (387 of 1,075) and 79.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Cleveland is pulling in 45.0 rebounds per game and has accumulated 784 assists for the year, which ranks 5th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are turning it over 15.7 times per game and as a team are committing 17.0 fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Cavaliers are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.4 personal fouls. They are 18th in the league in giving up assists with 728 surrendered this season. The Cavaliers defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.0% (1,194 of 2,713) and they surrender 43.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They surrender 32.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 2nd in the league in PPG from their opponents (101.1).
For their last game, the Celtics took a loss by a score of 108-103 against the 76ers. In reference to rebounding, Boston allowed Philadelphia to get 32 overall (2 on the offensive glass). They finished the game shooting 40.0% from 3-point land by shooting 10 of 25 and finished the game at 26 out of 31 from the free throw line (83.9%). The Celtics permitted the 76ers to bury 36 of 72 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 50.0% in this matchup. In all, the Celtics walked away from this one shooting 38 for 82 from the field which had them at 46.3%. When it comes to shooting from downtown, Boston converted 7 of 27 attempts (25.9%). They were able to bury 20 of the free throws for a rate of 80.0%. The 76ers had 15 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Celtics to the free throw line for a total of 25 attempts. They also gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while earning 9 steals in this game. The Celtics recorded 31 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 42 for this game.
Jaylen Brown ended up being important for the Celtics for the matchup. He buried 9 of 22 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 40.9%, and added 5 rebounds. Brown had 30 points in his 34 mins of playing time and accounted for 4 dimes in this contest.
Boston has a win-loss record of 15-16 so far this year. The Celtics are committing 18.9 personal fouls every game and they hit 80.9% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 22.6 times per game (22nd in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.0 times per game. Boston has scored 3,357 points for the season (108.3 per contest) and they grab 45.6 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Celtics are connecting on 44.5% from the field, which ranks 22nd in basketball.
The Boston defense surrenders 34.4% on 3-point attempts (387 of 1,124) and their opponents are converting on 79.4% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 21.8 assists and 45.3 rebounds per game, which is ranked 4th and 17th in basketball. The Celtics are ranked 15th in the league in PPG surrendered with 107.3. They are able to force 14.3 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 44.4% from the floor (11th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston
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