Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 3/6/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+2)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the site where the Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Boston Celtics on Monday. Boston is 2-point dogs. The over/under is 228.
The Celtics faced the Nets and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 115-105 in their last game. When talking about fouls, the Celtics ended up walking away with 19 and the Nets recorded 20 fouls. They also buried 14 of 44 tries from distance. Brooklyn finished the game at 80.8% from the free throw line by converting 21 of 26 tries. Additionally, Brooklyn grabbed 47 rebounds (13 offensive, 34 defensive) and got 8 blocked shots. Brooklyn earned 25 assists and had 9 steals for the contest. With respect to defending, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 42.1% from the field on 40 out of 95 shooting. They also recorded 26 dimes for the matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and having 8 steals. In terms of rebounding, they collected 48 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Celtics buried 14 of 20 shots for a rate of 70.0%. Boston finished having earned a 48.8% FG percentage (41 out of 84) and converted 9 of their 29 shots from downtown.
Jaylen Brown is someone who was a major contributor in this contest. Brown finished shooting 55.6% from the field and distributed 4 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 43 mins and pulled down 5 boards. He scored 35 points on 15 of 27 shooting.
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Boston enters this one with a record of 45-19 this season. They are averaging 117.5 pts per game (4th in the league) while connecting on 47.6% from the floor. The Celtics are connecting on 37.8% on 3-pointers (1,009 of 2,670) and 82.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Boston is pulling in 45.0 boards per contest and has accumulated 1,683 assists on the campaign, which is 8th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per game and as a team are committing 19.1 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Celtics are able to force 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They are conceding 35.4% on shots from distance and they are 8th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.1). The Celtics defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.7% (2,686 of 5,755) and they surrender 43.4 rebounds per game as a team. They are 3rd in basketball in giving up assists with 1,467 conceded for the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Cavaliers went home victorious with a score of 114-90 against the Pistons. In the matter of attacking the glass, Cleveland permitted Detroit to get 49 in all (12 on the offensive side). They finished 25.0% from distance by going 6 out of 24 and ended up shooting 18 of 25 at the charity stripe (72.0%). The Cavaliers allowed the Pistons to make 33 of 81 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 40.7% for the game. When the final whistle blew, the Cavaliers went 45 out of 91 from the floor which had them shooting 49.5%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Cleveland knocked down 14 of 34 tries (41.2%). They were able to knock down 10 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 55.6%. The Pistons committed 15 fouls for the game which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for 18 attempts. They coughed it up 11 times, while getting 14 steals in this contest. The Cavaliers were able to corral 31 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 39 in the matchup.
Darius Garland ended up being a major contributor for the Cavaliers for the game. Garland earned 21 points in his 24 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 7 dimes in the matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 11 for the game for a field goal rate of 72.7%, and tallied 3 rebounds.
Cleveland has a win-loss record of 40-26 for the campaign. The Cavaliers commit 18.7 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.7% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 24.9 times per game (17th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest. Cleveland has totaled 7,390 pts so far this season (112.0 per contest) and they grab 41.7 rebounds per contest. As an offensive unit, the Cavaliers are shooting 48.9% from the field, which is 5th in basketball.
The Cleveland defense allows 37.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (751 of 2,026) and their opponents are converting on 77.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 22.9 assists and 40.5 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 2nd and 2nd in the NBA. The Cavaliers defensively are ranked 1st in the NBA in points given up per game with 106.4. They are forcing 15.2 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.6% from the field (6th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Cleveland (-2)
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