Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction 5/13/2024

The Boston Celtics (64-18) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (48-34) on Monday, May 13th. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland 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.

Celtics vs Cavaliers

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The Celtics picked up a 106-93 win over the Cavaliers in the most recent game of this series. Going into the game, the Celtics were favored by 7.5 points, and their win of 13 points was enough for them to cover the spread. Boston held a 30-28 lead after the 1st quarter and then outscored the Cavs 27-20 in the 2nd quarter. The game fell 12 points short of the over/under line of 211 points.

Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum both had big games for their teams, as they each finished with 33 points. Tatum also had 13 rebounds and six assists. The Celtics held the Cavs to just 42.9% shooting from the field, and Cleveland made just 12 threes. As a team, the Celtics made 38.2% of their threes.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

Looking at the Celtics’ season-long numbers, they are 2nd in scoring at 120.6 points per game. Despite their high-scoring offense, they are just 16th in pace, averaging 97.2 possessions per game. Boston leads the league in three-point attempts, at 42.5 attempts per game, and are also the league leaders in three-pointers made, at 16.5 per contest.

Jayson Tatum is averaging 26.9 points per game this season, followed by Jaylen Brown at 23.0. Brown has hit 2.1 threes per game this season, while Tatum is averaging 3.1 made threes per game. Over his last five games, Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.2 points on a field goal percentage of 56.2%.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

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Donovan Mitchell has averaged 36.8 points per game in his last five games, hitting 51.9% of his shots from the field. Over this stretch, he has hit 4.2 threes per game. Darius Garland has put up 15.2 points and 4.8 assists in his last five games, but he has shot just 33.3% from downtown. Evan Mobley has hit 58.8% of his shots from the field in his last five games and is averaging 10.6 rebounds in that stretch.

Cleveland is averaging 112.6 points per game for the season, which is 23rd in the league. They have been a little better at home, with an average of 112.8 points per contest. Looking at their three-point shooting, the Cavaliers are 10th in made threes and are averaging 13.5 made threes per game. Their team three-point shooting percentage is 19th in the league.

Celtics Team Defense

When it comes to defense, the Celtics are one of the best in the league. They are currently 3rd in the NBA in points allowed per game at 108.0. Over their last five games, they have been even better, allowing just 95.6 points per game, which is tops in the league during that stretch.

One of the reasons they have been so good on defense is their ability to keep opponents off the free-throw line. On the season, they are 1st in the NBA in made free-throws allowed per game at 16.9. Over their last five games, they have been even better, allowing just 9.6 made free-throws per game.

One area where the Celtics have struggled on defense is steals. On the season, they are just 28th in the league in steals per game at 6.8. However, they have been able to make up for that by being 2nd in the NBA in blocked shots at 6.6 per game.

Cavaliers Team Defense

So far this season, the Cavaliers have been one of the top defensive teams in the NBA, ranking 7th in points allowed per game at 109.3. They have been even better at home, where they are giving up just 108.8 points per contest.

Over their last five games, Cleveland has been even stingier, allowing just 103.4 points per game. During that stretch, they have done a good job of defending the three-point line, holding opponents to just 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc.

Overall, opposing teams have shot just 46.2% from the field against the Cavaliers this season, which is the 4th best mark in the NBA. They have also done a good job of defending inside the arc, ranking 4th in two-point shooting percentage allowed.

Key Players For The Celtics And Cavaliers

Our projections for today’s game indicate that Jayson Tatum will be the primary scorer for the Celtics, with 26 points and going 9/19 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 26.9 points per game, in addition to 8.1 rebounds.

On the flip side, our predictions place Donovan Mitchell as the leading scorer for the Cavaliers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 26 while also collecting 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 46.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 26.6 points per game.

Celtics vs Cavaliers Trends

  • The Celtics are 3-0 ATS in their three last road games and 3-0 straight-up.
  • In their last five games at 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.
  • Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Cleveland has an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
  • Through their last five games as the favorite, the Celtics have an ATS record of 4-1 and a straight up mark of 4-1.

Celtics vs Cavaliers Prediction

We’re calling a win for the Celtics, with a final score of 115-104, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Celtics at -8.5.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 206 and our model has the Celtics and Cavaliers finishing with a combined 219 points. Our pick is to take the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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