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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction 5-13-24 Picks

Boston Celtics (70-20) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (53-39)
May 13, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +8; Over/Under: +208.5
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The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Monday in Game 4 East Second Round NBA Playoffs action at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Here’s a Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction.

Boston Celtics Betting Preview

The Boston Celtics have won 5 of their last 6 playoff games and look to take the commanding 3-1 series lead. The Celtics are 3-0 SU on the road in these playoffs. The Boston Celtics are averaging 107.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 95.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.1 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.1 points and 10.4 rebounds. Derrick White is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost 5 of their last 8 playoff games and look to even up the series at 2-2. The Cavs are 4-1 SU at home in these playoffs. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 97.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 29.6 points and 4.7 assists, while Jarrett Allen is averaging 17 points and 1.3 assists. Darius Garland is the third double-digit scorer and Evan Mobley is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game.

Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Injury Report

The Cavaliers will be without Craig Porter Jr. and Ty Jerome. Jarrett Allen remains questionable for the Cavs as he continues to deal with a ribs’ injury, but he was close to playing in game 3. Donovan Mitchell is questionable with a calf injury, but it’s highly doubtful he doesn’t find a way to suit up. Kristaps Porzingis remains out for the Celtics with a calf injury. Luke Kornet is probable despite a calf issue.

Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win

  • The Cavaliers have won each of their last 10 home games against Eastern Conference opponents following a loss.
  • The Celtics have lost seven of their last eight Game 4s of an Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
  • The Celtics have failed to cover the spread in each of their last seven games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse following a win.
  • The Cavaliers have covered the spread in five of their last six games against the Celtics following a loss.

Why the Boston Celtics will win

  • The Celtics have won 13 of their last 14 games following a road win.
  • The Cavaliers have lost five of their last six playoff games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The Cavaliers have failed to cover the spread in 10 of their last 11 playoff games as underdogs.
  • The Celtics have covered the spread in five of their last six games against Eastern Conference opponents that held a winning record.

Total Points Facts

  • Eight of the Cavaliers’ last nine playoff games against Atlantic Division opponents have gone UNDER the total points line.
  • Each of the Celtics’ last five playoff road games have gone UNDER the total points line.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction

The Boston Celtics are obviously the better team and should be favored by a decent amount. The Cavs just don’t have a consistent player to pair with Mitchell, and it makes it difficult to keep up with the Celtics and their depth for 48 minutes. It also doesn’t help that Jarrett Allen is still out. Allen provides a paint presence and easy buckets at the rim that could take pressure off of Mitchell to do everything. With that said, the Celtics haven’t been great offensively in these playoffs compared to their regular season numbers, and it makes me feel an opponent can hang around. The Cavaliers just need one other player to step up. Must win game for the Cavs. Give me the points with the Cavaliers.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +8

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Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA. Follow Randy Chambers on Twitter.

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