Boston: 99.4 points/100 possessions (23rd)
Cleveland: 97.7 points/100 possessions (27th)
Boston: 102.0 points allowed/100 possessions (12th)
Cleveland: 104.1 points allowed/100 possessions (19th)
Probable Cavaliers Starters:
Kyrie Irving (PG), C.J. Miles (SG), Earl Clark (SF), Tristan Thompson (PF) & Andrew Bynum [suspended] Anderson Varejao (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Cavs: The Blog
Thumbnail: Welcome to the green’s first post-Christmas game this season, which includes the only two Eastern Conference teams to lose each of their last three games. The first two losses of the Cavaliers’ most recent losing streak marked the first time in 20 months that they dropped consecutive contests by more than 15 points each. Then on Thursday, Jeff Teague’s buzzer-beater delivered Cleveland its first overtime loss in over a year. Teague also scored a career-high 34 points and became the fifth player to put up at least 30 against the Cavaliers this season.
Another man to accomplish that feat was Jeff Green, who scored a game-high 31 points in the Celtics’ 103-86 victory over the Cavaliers at TD Garden on November 29. On Saturday, Green will hope to turn around his recent poor performance because he has scored 25 points per game in his last three games against Cleveland. It will be important for him to keep up that trend, as he has topped 20 points only once in his 11 games played since he scored the most points of any Celtic in a game this season.
While the 2013-14 Cavaliers have a propensity for giving up 30-point performances, the Celtics do not. There have been 161 different instances of players scoring 30 points in the NBA this season, but none of them have come against the Celtics. Every other team in the league has given up at least two of these performances. Kyrie Irving is one of three Eastern Conference players to put at least 30 on the board on six or more different nights this season. However, Irving has scored only 28 points combined in his last two games against the Celtics.
Prediction: The Celtics keep up their defensive success against Irving and push the Cavaliers’ road record even further towards the bottom of the league.
Celtics 101, Cavaliers 97
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