The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at TD Banknorth Garden.
Oddsmakers currently have the Celtics listed as 1½-point favorites versus the Cavaliers, while the game’s total is sitting at 185½.
LeBron James netted 23 points and hauled down eight rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to a 91-73 rout of the Bucks on Wednesday. The Cavaliers covered the 13-point spread, but the combined score went UNDER the posted total of 197.
The Celtics held off a late surge to defeat the Nets 115-111 on Wednesday. The Celtics failed to cover the 7-point spread, but the combined score sailed OVER the posted total of 194.
Paul Pierce led the way with a team-high 31 points, while Kendrick Perkins had 17 points along with 13 rebounds for a double-double in that win.
Cleveland has won 4 straight games.
Cleveland: 48-12 SU, 39-21 ATS
Boston: 48-14 SU, 33-29 ATS
Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 7-3
After playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After a win are 8-2
Boston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Orlando are 7-3
After playing New Jersey are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
A few trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Cleveland is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Cleveland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 7 games at home
Boston is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games at home
Boston is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
Cleveland home to Miami, Saturday, March 7
Boston home to Orlando, Sunday, March 8