NBA Free Pick | Celtics at Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to have a down year and the surprise factor with 55 losses, it’s nonexistent. Nobody is surprised that Cleveland is terrible. The surprise is this, the Celtics haven’t been all that good either. This team was predicted to win between 55-60 games and be the unstoppable juggernaut in the Eastern Conference. That hasn’t happened.
Game: Boston Celtics (43-31 34-28-2 ATS) at Cleveland Cavaliers (19-55, 36-37-1 ATS)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Current Line: CLE +5.5 Total: 218
TV Coverage: NBCS Boston, FS Ohio
They have been steady, a bit unpredictable, but steady. This is what forecasters do, they predict what teams should do or maybe are not capable of doing. This is what folks base their “futures” bets on.
The Celtics have lost (most bookies) over/unders, they have lost the over. Maybe you were one of the lucky ones and predicted this with the under; that was a good call.
Can the Celtics win tonight? Most likely, because the Cavaliers are that bad, however, Kyrie Irving is out. Without Irving the Celtics are a different basketball team altogether. Can they win consistently without the guy? Absolutely not, and the bigger picture here is the playoffs.
Can the Rockets win without Harden, maybe, we are not saying that Irving is James Harden, however, we are saying that the impact of not having Irving, is a bigger impact than not having Harden.
The Celtics have dropped four in a row and now find themselves down two games for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, behind the Indiana Pacers. They want that fourth spot and the thought would be they fight for this game tonight. Can they get it done or do they lose their fifth in a row?
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Again, without Irving, they are a different basketball team and Cleveland is certainly struggling, however, they come into this matchup having won four in a row. The Cavaliers are a proud franchise and although there have certainly been games when they laid down and died, don’t look for that tonight.
Tonight’s game presents gambling value. At +5.5 at home, on a winning streak, without Irving and hating the Celtics, the bettor has to think the Cavaliers show up for this one.
NBA Free Pick: Cavaliers +5.5
Pick by Brad
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