Celtics vs. Cavaliers NBA Odds & Picks: Sharps Like Cleveland As Dogs (May 12)
Maddie Meyer/Getty Images. Pictured: Cleveland Cavaliers standout Collin Sexton.
- Boston opened as double-digit favorites, but the spread has nearly been cut in half.
- The Celtics are adjusting to life without Jaylen Brown as they prepare for the playoffs.
- See below how the sharps are betting this matchup.
NBA Odds: Celtics vs. Cavaliers
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The Celtics have been hit harder by the injury bug than any team in the NBA. They have seen almost all of their key players out for significant stretches of time this season.
On Wednesday night, Boston will be without Jaylen Brown — who is out for the year following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist — and possibly Kemba Walker, who is doubtful after crashing into Heat center Bam Adebayo on Tuesday.
The Celtics have struggled overall and failed to cover in four of their last five games.
The last time Boston covered Against The Spread (ATS) was its 36-point drubbing of the Orlando Magic on May 5. While the Cleveland Cavaliers are a lottery team just like the Magic, they have more offensive firepower to at least keep Boston’s full attention.
Cleveland hasn’t covered ATS in a game in over two weeks. They are in the midst of a somewhat astonishing 11-game losing streak. Throughout this streak, they have continued to rely on Collin Sexton for scoring and playmaking in the absence of Darius Garland, with (obviously) terrible results so far.
But even with that long streak of failures, our latest PRO Report shows that sharp bettors have some belief in the ability of the Cavaliers to keep things close against the shorthanded Celtics.
Let’s take a look.
NBA Picks: Celtics vs. Cavaliers
The line for Celtics vs. Cavaliers opened up at Cleveland +10 before it was driven all the way down to +6.
Since early this morning, there have been four Action Labs Bet Signals triggered on the Cavaliers. This is a huge sign of the sharp action that has been moving the spread entering Wednesday night’s matchup.
Two of The Action Network’s top NBA experts are betting on Cleveland in Wednesday night’s matchup against the Celtics.
PRO Report Pick: Cavaliers +6 (-110 or -103 at PointsBet)