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).
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 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.
NBA Odds: Cavaliers, Celtics Conclude Regular Season Series on WednesdayThe Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics will fight for first place in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday. The Celtics have won six of their last seven games, whereas the Cavaliers have been mired in a month-long funk.
The stars have shined for these two teams in their prior three meetings this season. Cleveland’s SF LeBron James put up an average of 27 points, 11 assists and 9.3 rebounds in Cleveland’s three games against Boston. Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas responded with an average of 30.7 points and 6.7 assists for the Celtics, who won the last meeting 103-99 at home despite a triple-double from James.