*10* TOTAL POWER (EARLY TIP - 4 PM ET!)
Cleveland vs. Boston,
12/27/2019 16:00 EDT,
Score: 117 - 129
Total: -110/+217 Over
10* Over Cavs/Celtics (4:05 ET): These teams met roughly three weeks ago, right here in Boston, and the Celtics rolled to a 110-88 win and cover as 13-point favorites. There really is no reason to expect this game will go much differently, although the Celtics are at the minor disadvantage of having played on X-Mas. Still though, this is a game they "should" win. But laying this many points isn't something I'd typically advise. What I would advise though is to play the Over.
In that last meeting, Cleveland had an awful shooting night, making only 39.6% of their field goal attempts including 7 of 31 from three-point range. Look for them to shoot better here. For the first time all season, the Cavs have won three straight. Now all three wins were at home, close and against bad teams. But at least they have some of the dreaded "momentum" (still hate that word!) coming into this December rematch.
The problem Cleveland will have though is the defensive end. The only other time the Cavs took the court on 3+ days rest so far this season, they wound up giving up 127 points to a Detroit team that is hardly an offensive juggernaut. They are 29th in the league in defensive efficiency. Boston is #5 in offensive efficiency and has averaged 113.8 points over its last five games. They should not have much difficulty putting points on the board in this one. They shoot 47.5% overall/38.6% from three/84% from the FT line at home. 10* Over Cavs/Celtics