Free NBA Expert Picks For Tonight (Jan 3): Cavaliers vs Celtics Prediction
The NBA is filled with excitement on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers facing off against the Celtics highlights a long list of matchups. My best NBA pick for January 3 is below and odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NBA expert picks instead of paying for them.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction
The Cavaliers and Celtics meet for the second time in a highly anticipated matchup. Kyrie Irving battles it out against LeBron James. The Cavaliers are playing for the second straight night after beating the Trail Blazers in Cleveland. Cleveland enters this matchup in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 25-12 record. The Celtics have gone 30-10, which puts them in first place in the East. The first time these two teams met, it was opening night. The Cavs ended up with a 102-99 win on home court.
Isaiah Thomas made his debut for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The former Celtics star will be sitting against Boston though, as Cleveland does not want him to reinjure himself. Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert will also miss Wednesday night’s game for the Cavaliers. Gordan Hayward is the only player out for the Celtics, but it comes as no surprise. Hayward is likely out for the season. Semi Ojeleye is questionable for Boston.
LeBron James continues to be the clear leader for the Cavaliers. James averages about 27.7 points per game. He also averages 8.2 rebounds and 9.1 assists. Kevin Love has stepped up this season for Cleveland. Love has scored an average of 20.1 points per game and grabbed 10.1 rebounds. The two of them will need to play well tonight if the Cavaliers are to get the win in Boston.
Kyrie Irving has gotten what he wanted in Boston. He has become the leader of the team. Irving has scored around 24.8 points and added 4.9 assists per game. Irving has gotten support from the two young stars on the team. Jaylen Brown has scored 14.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Jayson Tatum has added 14.1 points per game and 5.6 rebounds. If Brown and Tatum can give Irving good support against the Cavaliers, the Celtics have a good chance of winning this game.
Cleveland Cavaliers +3 ½ (-110) at Boston Celtics -3 ½ (-110)
The Celtics have played in quite a few close games as of late. Their last two wins have been decided by three points or less. Both games were played in Boston as well. Cleveland enters the night after struggling on the road as of recently. The Cavaliers have lost four straight on the road and five of their last six away from Cleveland. LeBron James will be looking to lead the Cavaliers to a win to break that streak, but Kyrie Irving wants his first win against his former team.
The Cavaliers are three and a half point underdogs, which is a lot in a game like this. This game has been highly anticipated, and most people think that the game will come down to the last seconds. In a case like this one, I really like the Cavaliers. LeBron James is great in big games like this and I expect this matchup to be no different. Even if Boston hits a game winning three-pointer as time expires, the Cavaliers still cover. I have to go with LeBron James on the road in this one.