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Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers NBA predictions, betting tips and match preview: East rivals kick off new season

Lorenzo Gahol in Basketball 16 Oct 2017
  • Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers is at 01:00 BST on Wednesday, October 18 
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Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers NBA predictions, betting tips and match preview. The opening game of the 2017-18 NBA season will feature Eastern Conference rivals Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions

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The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers were neck-and-neck on top of the Eastern Conference last season. 

The Celtics eventually overtook the Cavaliers in the race for the No. 1 seed but Cleveland had the last laugh as it beat Boston 4-1 in the Eastern Conference finals.

The East giants added intrigue to their rivalry after swapping their All-Star point guards in the offseason. The Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic plus a couple of future draft picks.

Thomas, however, will miss the first few months of the new season due to a hip injury he suffered late last season. Nevertheless, the Cavaliers remain a star-studded cast with free agents Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose signing with the club in the offseason to join forces with fellow All-Stars LeBron James and Kevin Love.

Wade opted to join his buddy James in Ohio after playing one season for his native Chicago Bulls while 2011 NBA MVP Rose is coming off a stint with the New York Knicks.

Also returning for Cleveland are Kyle Korver, Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye. 

Irving is now the ace playmaker of the new-look Celtics unit that underwent an overhaul in the offseason with Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart being the only holdovers from last year's team. Also gone are Avery Bradley, Gerald Green and big men Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller. 

Expected to join Irving, Brown and Horford in Boston's new projected starting five are newcomers Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris. Hayward, who played under Boston head coach Brad Stevens at Butler University, was signed as a free agent after spending the first seven seasons of his NBA career in Utah while Morris was acquired in a trade with the Pistons for Bradley.

Other key newcomers for the Celtics are Aron Baynes, Shane Larkin and rookie Jayson Tatum, whom they selected third overall in the draft. 

The Cavaliers beat the Celtics thrice in their four regular-season meetings last season. We expect a close game in Ohio and we are backing the Cavaliers to win the opening game of the new season. 


Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers Live Stream Links


Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers is being streamed live online by bookmaker bet365. The firm have the match available to all customers, including those in the UK, on their live streaming player, which can be found via the IN PLAY section of the website. The only requirement to watch the live stream is to have a funded bet365 account. Once registered, simply go to the IN PLAY section of the website at 01:00 BST on Wednesday, October 18 and click on the Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers live stream.

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Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers Game Notes


  • Boston and Cleveland finished 1-2 in the East last season
  • The Cavaliers beat the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals
  • Cleveland and Boston swapped point guards in the offseason
  • LeBron James and Kevin Love will lead Cleveland
  • Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose joined the Cavaliers in the offseason
  • The Celtics underwent an overhaul in the offseason
  • Ex-Cav Kyrie Irving will lead the Celtics
  • Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris are the other key newcomers for Boston
 

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