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Boston vs. Cleveland,
11/05/2019 19:00 EDT,
Score: 119 - 113
Point Spread: +6½/-115 Cleveland
8* Cleveland (7:05 ET): The Cavaliers were blown out Sunday night, losing here at home to Dallas 131-111. I think they'll fare better tonight against Boston. The Cavs were 2-0 SU at home before that loss to the Mavs. They have shot demonstrably better here at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse (formerly Quicken Loans Arena), making 47.2% of their field goal attempts while averaging 112.7 points per game. They've scored at least 110 in every home game thus far. Anything close to a similar effort tonight should result in an easy cover. Take the points.
Boston moved on from Kyrie Irving in the offseason, but still expects to be a top contender in the Eastern Conference. They enter this game at 4-1 SU, their only loss coming in the season opener to Philadelphia, which was a road game. However, the last two wins have NOT been pretty w/ the Celtics having to rally from a 19-pt deficit against Milwaukee and then needing a last second shot to beat the Knicks 104-102. The Celtics haven't shot very well so far as their FG% is 41.7, which is 27th overall. Kemba Walker, Irving's replacement, has really carried the team w/ three straight games of 32+ pts.
The Cavs are definitely rebuilding under 1st year HC John Beilein. But both Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are both playing well. Love had 29 points and eight rebounds Sunday while Thompson posted his 5th double-double of the season. This team won't be the pushover it was last season, it's first after losing LeBron James for a second time. The Celtics might be 4-1, but they've hardly been dominant in getting to that record, so taking the points here seems smart. 8* Cleveland