Boston Celtics to reclaim top spot

Boston Celtics to reclaim top spot

Boston Celtics looks to once again steal the top spot of their standings when they battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This will be the third time that these two teams will meet in the regular season. During the last time these two teams met, it was the Cavaliers who brings home the victory. It was a close 114-113 win for the Cavaliers on their last match. Coming into this game, the Celtics are from a loss against the Knicks. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are confident coming into this game as they won against the Raptors for this game. This meeting will be on March 2, 2023, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), and it will be hosted by the Celtics.

These two teams are both in the Eastern Conference, and they are actually near each other in the standings. The hosts are at the second spot of the Eastern Conference, failing to protect the top spot. They used to be the top team in the East, but due to their recent results, they were not able to retain that spot. Now at second spot, they have 44 wins from their 62 matches. Meanwhile, the visitors are at the fourth spot of the standings, being pretty impressive recently. From their 64 games, they were able to record 39 wins, all thanks to their strong start this season.

Boston Celtics

NBA: Boston Celtics
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Due to their recent loss, the Celtics now dropped to the second of the league table, being 7-3 in their last 10 games. It is just unfortunate that they lost to their last match against the Knicks. Due to that loss, they are now hungry to bounce back so they could finally earn that top spot once again. This is not impossible though as they are really improving recently, having a high adjusted offensive efficiency. However, during their match against the Knick, their struggles offensively is visible. Fortunately, they are doing somehow well from beyond the arc shooting 37.7%. They are also doing a well-done job in the charity stripe, shooting 83.4%, a very good percentage. This team is at the fourth in offense with 117.7 points per game, and the eighth in defense, allowing 112 points per game.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown continues to do wonders for the Celtics, scoring 30.1 points and 26. points per game. However, they have Mike Muscala who continues to be a doubt for this match due to an issue in his right knee. Meanwhile, Danilo Gallinari remains to be unavailable in this game due to his knee injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers
Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

The Cavaliers are hoping to show up on the road when they go in this match, as they try to extend their winning run. They are from a 118-93 victory against the Raptors, due to their impressive offense. Their efficiency in offense will be their key to take home a victory in this match. They are actually shooting 48.8% in the field, which shows that they are doing well in that area. Additionally, when it comes to attacking the rim, they also proved that they are capable of pulling a trigger in that territory. As for their three-point shooting, they are shooting 36.4%, and 78.2% in the free-throw line. Offensively, they are at the 26th, scoring only 111.9 points per game, but are the first in defense, as they give up only 106.5 points per game.

Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavaliers as he is chipping in 27.2 points per game. On the other hand, Darius Garland is also doing helping the Cavaliers with 21.9 points per game. Luckily for this team, they do not have probable and unavailable players for this match.

Prediction:

Boston Celtics
Total Under: 114.5
Odds: 0.84

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