Cavs, Celtics Battle for First in the Eastern Conference

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Wild Finish Down the Stretch Between Celtics and Cavs

Lebron James, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, battle the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Wednesday night. If the Cavs win they would take the season series 3-1 and own the tiebreaker.

LeBron James recorded his second straight triple-double on Tuesday. He had 41 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in a 2 OT win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. On Tuesday he went off for his 12th triple-double of the season. He had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

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The Cavaliers have struggled on the road as of late, going 4-8 away from home since March 1. Their defense has been the culprit. Cleveland has slipped to 20th in points allowed (107 per game average), six positions behind Boston (105.1).

Cleveland has had the upper hand in this rivalry as of late, going 8-2 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 games. The Cavaliers have won two of three games against the Celtics this season, and both were in Cleveland. The Cavs won 128-122 on November 3 and then 124-118 on December 29. The Celtics responded with a 103-99 home victory of their own on March 1.

Oddsmakers have the Celtics favored by 4.5-points and the total is sitting at 219.5.

Celtics Have Been on a Roll

The Celtics won 110-94 road game against the New York Knicks. The Celtics covered as a -7.5-point favorite. The 204 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Celtics could be missing valuable piece Jae Crowder.

The Celtics are eighth in points scored (107.8), which is four spots behind Cleveland in the rankings. Boston has been red-hot at home lately, going 5-1 on a recent homestand. That has launched them to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 50-27 SU record.

Cleveland was a 122-102 winner against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. The Cavaliers covered in the match as a -11-point favorite, while 224 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson did not travel with the team to Boston after injuring his right thumb during Tuesday’s game. The Cavaliers have ruled Thompson out for tonight’s contest with the Celtics.

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Next up:
Cleveland home to Atlanta Friday, April 7
Boston at Atlanta Thursday, April 6

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