Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction 5/15/2024

The Cleveland Cavaliers (48-34) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (64-18) on Wednesday, May 15th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on TNT. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Cavaliers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Cavaliers. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

Cavaliers vs Celtics

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The Celtics picked up a 109-102 win over the Cavaliers in the most recent game of this series. Heading into the game, the Celtics were favored by 11.5 points and failed to cover the spread. Boston was up 88-78 going into the 4th quarter. The over/under line for the game was 204 points, and the 211 combined points meant that the over hit.

Offensively, the Celtics shot 48.7% from the field, which was above their season average. As a team, they made 12 threes, which was right around their average. Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 33 points, and he also grabbed 11 rebounds. Darius Garland led the Cavs with 30 points, and they made 15 threes on 31.2% shooting from three.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

Donovan Mitchell has been carrying the Cavaliers offense of late, averaging 33.5 points per game over his last four games. This has come while hitting 4.5 threes per game in that stretch. Darius Garland has also been playing well of late, averaging 17 points in his last five games. Looking at Evan Mobley’s last five games, he is averaging 11.2 rebounds.

Overall, the Cavaliers are 23rd in the NBA in scoring this season, at 112.6 points per game. On the road, they are at 109.2 points per contest. Cleveland is 24th in pace but has outscored the league average in 43.9% of their games.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

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The Celtics are one of the top-scoring teams in the league this season, at 120.6 points per game. Their average of 121.7 points per game at home is the fourth-best mark in the league. Boston leads the NBA in both three-point attempts per game (42.5) and three-pointers made per game (16.5).

Jaylen Brown has been shooting the ball well for the Celtics of late, hitting 60.5% of his shots from the field in his last five games. This has led to an average of 26.2 points per game in this stretch. Jayson Tatum is averaging 25 points and 10.8 rebounds in his last five games and 26.9 points for the season. Derrick White has averaged 15.4 points in his last five games, while hitting 40.5% of his threes.

Cavaliers Team Defense

When it comes to points allowed, the Cavaliers have been one of the best units in the NBA this season, ranking 7th at 109.3 points per game. Over their last five games, they have been even better, giving up just 104.6 points per contest.

Despite being just 21st in rebounds per game, Cleveland has been solid on the defensive glass, ranking 12th in defensive rebounds per game. They have also been decent at forcing turnovers, ranking 18th in steals per game.

One area where the Cavs have struggled this season is in the blocked shots department, ranking just 21st in the NBA. They have also been prone to fouling, ranking 25th in personal fouls per game.

Celtics Team Defense

When it comes to defense, the Boston Celtics have been one of the best units in the NBA this season, ranking 3rd in points allowed per game at 108.0. They have been especially tough at home, giving up just 107.1 points per contest, which is 4th in the league.

Over their last five games, the Celtics have been even better on the defensive end, allowing just 98.4 points per game. During that stretch, opponents have struggled from the field, shooting just 44.7% overall and 29.5% from three-point range.

One area where the Celtics have excelled all season is at the free-throw line, surrendering just 16.8 made free throws per game, which is tops in the league.

Key Players For The Cavaliers And Celtics

In today’s game, our projections have Donovan Mitchell leading the Cavaliers with 26 points on 9/20 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 26.6 points per game, along with 5.1 rebounds.

On the other side, Jayson Tatum is our projected leading scorer for the Celtics. We have him ending the game with a team-high 26 and grabbing 8 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 47.1% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 26.9 points per game.

Cavaliers vs Celtics Trends

  • In their last five games away from home, the Cavaliers have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 1-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 96 points per game in this stretch.
  • When looking at their past five home matchups, Boston has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 102 per game. The team went 4-1 overall in these games.
  • Through their last three games as the betting underdog, the Cavaliers have a strong record vs the spread going 2-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-2.
  • Through their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Celtics have a good straight up record, but their ATS mark is just 1-2.

Cavaliers vs Celtics Prediction

For a point-spread bet in this Cavaliers vs. Celtics matchup, we’re leaning towards the Cavaliers at +15. Although our projections show the Celtics winning 113-106, we suggest placing your bet on the Cavaliers for the point-spread.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 203.5 and our model has the Cavaliers and Celtics finishing with a combined 219 points. Our pick is to take the over.

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