Celtics vs Cavaliers Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/14

Celtics vs Cavaliers Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/14

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

Boston, MA; Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. EST

Spread: BOS -8.5
Over/Under: 226.5

Introduction

The Cleveland Cavaliers (13-11) face the Boston Celtics (17-5) at TD Garden on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. EST. This preview delves into key player stats, recent team performances, and a final prediction.

 

Team Analysis

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers, currently third in the Central Standings, are looking to bounce back from a recent loss to the Celtics. Despite a couple of setbacks, the Cavaliers have shown consistency, especially with standout performances from D. Mitchell and E. Mobley.

Player Spotlight: D. Mitchell

D. Mitchell, leading with 27.4 points per game and an impressive 45.2% field goal percentage, is a crucial player for the Cavaliers.

 

Boston Celtics

The Celtics, sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference, are riding a home win streak and recently secured a victory against the Cavaliers. With J. Tatum leading the charge, the Celtics aim to continue their winning momentum.

Player Spotlight: J. Tatum

J. Tatum, matching D. Mitchell with 27.4 points per game, showcases a 49.1% field goal percentage, contributing significantly to the Celtics' success.

 

Top Performers

Key performers for the game include D. Mitchell for the Cavaliers and J. Tatum for the Celtics. The previous matchup ended with a narrow margin, and the Cavaliers have the potential to cover the +8.5 points spread based on their competitive spirit and individual player capabilities.

 

Injuries

The Cavaliers are dealing with the absence of Evan Mobley and Ty Jerome, impacting their frontcourt and backcourt dynamics. On the Celtics' side, Jaylen Brown is a game-time decision for the matchup.

 

Prediction

The Cavaliers, despite their recent loss, have proven to be resilient in challenging matchups. D. Mitchell's scoring prowess and the potential return of Jaylen Brown for the Celtics make this game intriguing.

The +8.5 points spread favors the Cavaliers, considering their competitive edge and the likelihood of a closely contested game. With both teams boasting top-notch scorers, a high-scoring affair is anticipated, making the Cavaliers a strong candidate to cover the spread.

 

Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +8.5 Points

 

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