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The Boston Celtics (45-20) meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (40-26) Monday. Tip-off from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Celtics vs. Cavaliers odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.

The Celtics suffered a 131-129 double-overtime setback against the New York Knicks Sunday in the front end of a back-to-back set. Boston has lost 3 of its last 4 games straight up and is 0-4 against the spread (ATS) over that span. The lone win was a 117-113 triumph at home over the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers bounced back from the loss to the Celtics with a 114-90 victory against the Detroit Pistons Saturday, covering as 16.5-point favorites as the Under (221) cashed. Cleveland has covered its past 3 games after an 0-4 ATS skid.

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Celtics at Cavaliers odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 5:51 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML): Celtics +150 (bet $100 to win $150) | Cavaliers -175 (bet $175 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Celtics +3.5 (-102) | Cavaliers -3.5 (-118)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 218.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Celtics at Cavaliers key injuries

Celtics

Cavaliers

  • G Donovan Mitchell (finger) questionable

For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.

Celtics at Cavaliers picks and predictions

Prediction

Celtics 114, Cavaliers 111

Moneyline

The CELTICS (+150) are a solid value as moderate underdogs. Boston picked up the win in the most recent meeting, and the concern here with taking Cleveland is Mitchell appearing on the injury report.

Against the spread

CELTICS +3.5 (-102) is worth playing, although there is some concern. Boston has covered just 1 of the past 6 games overall, although it is 6-1-1 ATS in the past 8 games when playing on no rest.

The Cavaliers are a little on the expensive side. This is the first time in 4 meetings with Boston this season that Cleveland is favored. It has cashed in each of the first 3 meetings, winning the first 2 outright in overtime (Oct. 28 and Nov. 2) but losing when they met Wednesday.

Over/Under

OVER 218.5 (-110) is the best play on the board in this matchup.

The Over is a whopping 16-4-1 in the past 21 games when playing on no rest for the Celtics.

The Over has dominated for Cleveland lately as well, going 5-2 in the past 7 games overall and 5-0 in the past 5 games when playing a team with a winning record.

The Over cashed in the 3 previous meetings between these teams this season, too.

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