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Celtics vs. Cavaliers 2016 odds: Cleveland looks to impose dominance over Boston

The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics in a potential playoff preview this Saturday night as clear betting favorites.

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The Boston Celtics are just 6-9 straight up and 5-9-1 against the spread in their last 15 games away from home. The Celtics will try to reverse their misfortunes on the road this Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Boston is a 6.5-point road underdog against the Cavaliers at sportsbooks monitored by Cleveland was a 6.5-point favorite the last time it hosted the Celtics, falling to Boston 104-103 back on February 5.

The Celtics were probably looking ahead to Saturday's game in a lackluster performance against the New York Knicks at home on Friday night, but a 13-4 run with under four minutes to go allowed Boston to escape with a narrow 105-104 victory.

The win was Boston's fifth straight, and it brings the team's record to 16-4 SU and 13-7 ATS over its last 20 games. All four of those losses have come on the road.

The Cavaliers have won five of their last six games against the Celtics, but are just 2-4 ATS over that stretch per the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Cavaliers wrapped up the month of February in the midst of a slump, rounding out the month with a 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS record over the last five games. After a three-day break, Cleveland opened March with a win over the Washington Wizards on Friday, and will host the Celtics on Saturday and Memphis on Monday.

Cleveland will look to shore things up and hold on to the top seed in the Eastern Conference down the stretch with Toronto and Boston looming.

Saturday night's total is set at 212 points. The UNDER is 5-0 in the last five games between the Cavaliers and the Celtics.

Toronto, Boston and Miami have all played well of late, but the road through the Eastern Conference still runs through LeBron James' Cavaliers. Boston has already upset the Cavaliers on their home court this season, and another upset on Saturday could place a seed of doubt in Cleveland's mind should these two teams meet in the playoffs.

Both teams are coming off games on Friday night, but the Cavaliers should have the advantage coming in with no travel and a much less-taxing blowout win.