Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 2nd 2022

Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland
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The visiting Boston Celtics will be out for revenge while the Cleveland Cavaliers will look to continue their early season surge when the teams meet Wednesday night.

Boston and Cleveland will meet for the second time in six days, as the Cavaliers rallied from seven points down in the fourth quarter Friday in Boston to hand the Celtics their first home loss, 132-123 in overtime.

The Cavaliers have won five straight after losing their season opener. The Celtics rebounded from losses to the Chicago Bulls and Cavaliers with a home win over Washington on Sunday night.

While Cleveland star Donovan Mitchell has been hot for his new team, averaging 32.2 points in their first six games, forward Dean Wade has played a key role, scoring 22 on Sunday as the Cavaliers rallied from a nine-point deficit at home in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 121-108.

 

 


 

"We just didn't stop competing," Wade said. "There were a lot of different times in the game where we could have folded or gave in, but we didn't. We just kept fighting every possession. Even when (the Knicks) were on their little run, we never stopped. That was the main thing. We didn't stop; we kept believing in ourselves and just kept fighting."

Making his third straight start, Wade -- a fourth-year forward from Kansas State -- went 6 of 8 from 3-point range and 8 of 11 from the floor overall. He added four rebounds and three assists.

The Celtics are coming off a 112-94 win over Washington in which they built a 19-point first-quarter lead. Jaylen Brown finished with 24 points while newcomer Malcolm Brogdon led an impressive bench effort, scoring 23 in the win.

The bench helped Boston maintain its lead and pull away late, combining for 48 points for the game.

The second unit shot 55.6 percent from the field, 56.3 percent from 3-point range, and 90 percent from the free-throw line.

"I want us to believe we're a starting group as well," Brogdon said of the bench effort. "When we're in there, we play like starters. We play with that energy, we play with that confidence every night as soon as we step on the floor, and that's what we've been doing for the majority of the season thus far."

Reserve Sam Hauser added nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.

"(We wanted) to make sure there's no drop-off, bring energy, play hard, know who you are guarding, know personnel, and know what we're trying to do on both ends of the floor," Hauser said.

Brogdon has fit in well with Boston's two biggest stars, Brown and Jayson Tatum. Tatum leads the Celtics in scoring at 30.8 points per game while Brown is No. 2 at 25.3.

"I think the guys respect me, and they know I play both ends of the ball," said Brogdon, who ranks third on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game. "I think you gotta practice what you preach before you start preaching, and they've seen me give effort on both ends and they're willing to listen and work with me."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Boston Celtics
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109
Cleveland Cavaliers
PREDICTION
Boston Celtics
111
109
Cleveland Cavaliers

Boston vs. Cleveland Recap MAR 17TH 2021

Al Horford broke a fourth-quarter tie with a layup and capped a 14-4 run with an alley-oop slam, helping the visiting Boston Celtics brush aside a challenge from the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 116-106 victory Tuesday night.

The win allowed the Celtics (44-31) to move within 1 1/2 games of idle Indiana (45-29) in a duel for the No. 4 seeding in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics and Pacers, likely first-round opponents in the upcoming playoffs, have two head-to-heads remaining, including one Friday night at Boston, with home-court advantage in the best-of-7 on the line.

With Friday's showdown in mind, the Celtics elected to give star point guard Kyrie Irving a night off against the Cavaliers, leaving Horford as the go-to man with the game in the balance.

Boston led most of the way, including by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, before the Cavaliers rallied into a tie at 92 on a 3-pointer by Marquese Chriss with 9:10 remaining.

That's when Horford ignited the Celtics' game-winning run, hitting a layup with 8:57 left that put the visitors ahead for good.

He had another hoop and two free throws before capping the burst with his dunk off a Jayson Tatum assist, giving the Celtics a 106-96 lead with just 3:31 to go.

The Cavaliers got no closer than six the rest of the way.

Horford finished with 19 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Celtics, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Tatum and Marcus Smart shared team-high scoring honors for Boston with 21 points apiece, while Gordon Hayward added 15, Marcus Morris 14 and Terry Rozier 11 in a balanced attack.

Tatum shot 3-for-5 on 3-pointers, helping Boston gain a 30-27 advantage from beyond the arc.

The Celtics shot 50.5 percent overall and 40.0 percent on 3-pointers for the game.

Rookie Collin Sexton had a game-high 24 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their third straight after a two-game winning streak.

Kevin Love compiled a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double for Cleveland, while Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 18 points, Cedi Osman 15 and Larry Nance Jr. 13 to go with a game-high seven assists.

The Cavaliers shot 48.8 percent overall and 32.1 percent on 3-pointers.

--Field Level Media

 

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