The Boston Celtics are still making their way back from COVID-19 health and safety protocols, but they’re starting to see their roster return to form. They’re still without several key players, but will have to make do with what they have when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
The Cavaliers are looking like a tough team after beating the new-look Brooklyn Nets twice in a row. Combined with a win against the New York Knicks, they now have three wins in a row and have a winning record to show for it. They’ll be without Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova against the Celtics.
The Celtics, on the other hand, are still without their star player Jayson Tatum, Payton Pritchard, Romeo Langford, and Aaron Nesmith. Having Jaylen Brown back has done a lot, but they’re currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak that they’ll need to end sooner or later.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview: Can the Cavaliers make it four-straight wins?
The Cleveland Cavaliers started the season by winning their first three games, but quickly fell flat by losing four of their next five and then three of their next four. They’ve returned to their winning ways with three-straight, including two against Brooklyn and one double-overtime game. Will it continue?
They’ll need a strong performance from Collin Sexton, who’s leading the team with 26.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Andre Drummond is having a fine season with 18.8 points, 15.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game. The Cavs have five others in double digits.
Boston Celtics Betting Preview: Will the Celtics start winning again?
The Boston Celtics haven’t had it easy recently. Things were looking real nice for them earlier in the season when they were on a four-game winning streak, but their season was derailed by COVID-19 health and safety protocols. They won their first game back to make it five-straight, but have lost their past three.
The Celtics need Jaylen Brown to continue stepping up for the Celtics, especially with Jayson Tatum out. Brown is averaging 26.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. He’ll need help from Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker, and Daniel Thies if they’re going to win this game.
Cavaliers vs. Celtics Betting Odds & Lines
Will the Celtics finally win a game or will the Cavaliers continue their hot streak? BetOnline has the Boston Celtics (-110) with the 6-point advantage over the Cleveland Cavaliers (-110). They also have the over/under listed at 215 total points.
Free Betting Pick
It’s a real shame that the Boston Celtics have been limited in the past few weeks because they were really starting to come together with both Brown and Tatum playing high-caliber basketball on a daily night. Brown has picked up where he left off since returning to the lineup, but it hasn’t been enough.
Not having Payton Pritchard for several weeks will hurt even more, but they need to start finding a way to win. They’re currently sitting at 8-6 and will quickly see their winning record turn to a losing record if they don’t do something soon. The good news is I see them beating the hot Cavaliers on Sunday night.
Final Score Prediction 114-107, Boston Celtics.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Boston Celtics (-6)