Celtics vs Cavaliers: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 17, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 17, 2021 - Last Updated on March 29, 2021

The Cleveland Cavaliers (14-25) are underdogs (+8.5) as they try to end a four-game losing streak when they host the Boston Celtics (20-18) at 8:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The contest airs on FS-OH. The over/under in the matchup is set at 214.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of March 17, 2021, 12:05 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Celtics vs Cavaliers Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 17

Celtics:
Romeo Langford: Day To Day (Health and Safety Protocols),
Tristan Thompson: Day To Day (Health and Safety Protocols)

Cavaliers:
Andre Drummond: Out (Not with team),
Taurean Prince: Day To Day (Shoulder),
Kevin Love: Day To Day (Calf),
Matthew Dellavedova: Out (Appendicitis)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Cavaliers (+8.5)
Total Pick Over (214)
Prediction Celtics 113, Cavaliers 106

The model favors the Celtics by 6.7 points, just 1.8 less than the 8.5-point spread set by DraftKings.

The model predicts a total 5.4 points higher than the one set by DraftKings for this matchup.

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Celtics Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jayson Tatum 34 25.2 6.9 4.4 1.4 0.4 2.7
Jaylen Brown 36 24.4 5.4 3.9 1.2 0.5 2.3
Kemba Walker 23 17.9 3.6 4.5 1.1 0.3 2.8
Marcus Smart 20 12.6 2.7 5.5 1.6 0.5 1.7
Daniel Theis 37 9.4 5.1 1.4 0.6 1.1 0.8

Celtics Player Props

  • Jayson Tatum’s PRA prop total for the contest is set at 35.5, 1.0 lower than his season average of 36.5.
  • Marcus Smart’s PRA prop total for the contest is set at 20.5, 0.2 lower than his season average of 20.7.
  • Kemba Walker’s three pointers made prop over/under for the game is set at 2.5, 0.3 shots less than his season average of 2.8.
  • Smart’s steals prop over/under for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.1 steals lower than his season average of 1.6.

Cavaliers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Collin Sexton 34 23.6 2.5 4.2 1.2 0.1 1.6
Andre Drummond 25 17.5 13.5 2.6 1.6 1.2 0.0
Darius Garland 30 15.8 2.1 5.8 1.1 0.1 1.7
Jarrett Allen 38 13.0 9.9 1.7 0.4 1.7 0.1
Cedi Osman 38 10.7 3.6 2.7 0.9 0.2 1.9

Cavaliers Player Props

  • Collin Sexton’s PRA prop over/under for the contest is set at 29.5, 0.8 less than his season average of 30.3.
  • Darius Garland’s PRA prop total for the game is set at 20.5, 3.2 less than his season average of 23.7.
  • Cedi Osman’s three pointers made prop total for the game is set at 1.5, 0.4 shots lower than his season average of 1.9.
  • Jarrett Allen’s blocks prop over/under for the game is set at 1.5, 0.2 blocks lower than his season average of 1.7.

Shooting Trends

  • The Celtics make 47.1% of their shots from the field this season, which is one percentage point lower than the Cavaliers have allowed to their opponents (48.1%).
  • In games Boston shoots better than 48.1% from the field, it is 12-4 against the spread and 13-3 overall.
  • Cleveland has a 10-7 record against the spread and an 11-6 record overall when allowing its opponents to hit more than 47.1% of their shots from the field.
  • The Cavaliers’ 45% shooting percentage from the field this season is 1.7 percentage points lower than the Celtics have given up to their opponents (46.7%).
  • Cleveland is 10-3 against the spread and 9-4 overall when it shoots higher than 46.7% from the field.
  • When Boston’s opponents shoot higher than 45% from the field, it is 9-3 against the spread and 8-4 overall.
  • The Celtics shoot 37.6% from three-point range, 1.9% lower than the 39.5% the Cavaliers allow to opponents.
  • Boston has a 13-4 record against the spread and a 15-2 record overall when the team makes more than 39.5% of its three-point shots.
  • Cleveland is 13-8 against the spread while putting up a 12-9 straight-up record when its opponents shoot above 37.6% from downtown.
  • The Cavaliers are hitting 33.8% of their shots from beyond the arc, which is 2.7 percentage points fewer than the 36.5% the Celtics’ opponents are averaging on the season.
  • Cleveland has a 10-4 ATS record and is 8-6 straight-up when the team hits more than 36.5% of its three-point attempts.
  • Boston has a 9-9 ATS record and a 9-9 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 33.8% from three-point distance.
  • The Celtics connect on 12.4 three-pointers per game this season, three more made shots on average than the 9.4 per game the Cavaliers give up.
  • Boston has gone 11-7 against the spread and 12-6 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Cleveland hits fewer threes than its opponents, it is 7-20 ATS and 7-20 straight up.
  • The Celtics rank 19th in the NBA in made three-pointers, while the Cavaliers allow the 15th-fewest made threes in the league.

Celtics vs Cavaliers Stat Rankings

Celtics Rank Celtics AVG Cavaliers AVG Cavaliers Rank
19th 112.4 Points Scored 103.3 30th
10th 111.2 Points Allowed 111.9 16th
9th 44.1 Rebounds 43.3 12th
4th 11.2 Off. Rebounds 11.4 2nd
19th 12.4 3pt Made 9.4 30th
26th 22.9 Assists 23.2 23rd
14th 13.5 Turnovers 14.8 28th

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