NBA Notes: Celtics short-handed tonight at Cleveland; Rose, LaVine to miss time

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Boston will play without four starters tonight at Cleveland. Also, Detroit's Derrick Rose and Chicago's Zach LaVine are going to miss some time with injuries.

Boston will be looking to avoid its third three-game losing skid of the season when it travels to Cleveland on the back-end of a back-to-back tonight.

As of 3:40 p.m. ET., the Celtics were listed as four-point road favorites after blowing an 18-point, fourth quarter lead on Tuesday. They were outscored by Brooklyn 11-2 in the overtime period, as the Nets won outright as 6.5-point underdogs.

Boston was coming off a 111-110 OT loss to Houston on Saturday. The spread pushed in that contest, as the Rockets were slated as one-point road favorites.

Guard Kemba Walker, the Celtics’ second-leading scorer at 21.7 points per game, missed Saturday’s game. He returned for Tuesday’s bout against Brooklyn, but he didn’t make the trip to Cleveland.

Jayson Tatum missed Tuesday’s game with an illness and will be ‘out’ again tonight. He is Boston’s leading scorer with a 23.5 PPG average. The absences don’t stop there for Boston.

Gordon Hayward (back soreness) and Jaylen Brown (hamstring) have been downgraded to ‘out.’ Furthermore, Marcus Smart is facing a possible suspension for a post-game altercation with officials. He’s listed as ‘questionable’ against the Cavaliers.

Boston is 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven games and is on a seven-game winning streak against Cleveland. The Cavs failed to cover as 10.5-point underdogs in a 126-113 loss to Utah on Monday.

Cleveland will be without Darius Garland and Andre Drummond vs. Boston. Also, Tristan Thompson is ‘questionable.’

Detroit’s rough season suffered another blow when veteran guard Derrick Rose was diagnosed with an ankle sprain that will sideline him for at least two weeks, potentially longer. He has been the Pistons’ best player this year, scoring 18.1 points and dishing out 5.6 APG.

The Pistons are eight-point home underdogs against Oklahoma City tonight. They are 4-15 ATS in their last 19 home games and are 2-4 ATS in their last six games against the Thunder.

Chicago will play its second consecutive game without leading scorer Zach LaVine tonight when the Bulls travel to Minnesota. LaVine is expected to miss at least one week with a quadriceps injury.

The Timberwolves are an atrocious 1-11 ATS in their last 12 home games and are 4-15 ATS in their last 19 games overall. However, they are 7-2 ATS in their last nine contests against Chicago.

Minnesota is coming off an impressive win at New Orleans last night as an 11-point underdog. The Timberwolves hooked up money-line supporters with a generous +525 return. It was Golden State’s 116-100 win at Denver as a 16-point ‘dog that stole the show, though.

A $100, two-team ML parlay on the Timberwolves and Warriors would have paid $8,650.

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