Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction NBA Picks 5/7/24

Boston Celtics (68-19) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (52-37)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -11.5 --- Over/Under: 209 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics duke it out in NBA Game 1 at the TD Garden on Tuesday night. Here's a Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be eager to go deep in these playoffs after outlasting the Magic in a thrilling seven-game series in the first round. Donovan Mitchell has been leading from the front with averages of 28.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, Jarrett Allen averaged 17.0 points and 13.8 rebounds per game while Darius Garland is averaging 14.9 points and 5.4 assists per game. As a team, the Cavaliers are scoring 95.9 points per game while shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from the 3-point line in these playoffs.

Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics will be full of confidence after making light work of the shorthanded Heat in a 4-1 series win in the first round. Jaylen Brown has been leading the team in scoring with averages of 22.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, Derrick White is averaging 22.4 points and 3.2 assists per game, Jayson Tatum is averaging 21.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 12.3 points and 1.5 blocks per game. As a team, the Celtics scored 107.8 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from the 3-point line.

Boston Celtics Player Facts

  • Al Horford ranks 1st amongst qualified Centers for 3P% (41.9%) this season.
  • Jrue Holiday ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (42.9%) this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Donovan Mitchell ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.8) this season.
  • Evan Mobley ranks 11th amongst qualified players for FG% (58.0%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+11.3).
  • The Celtics rank T1st in the league for blocks per game this season (6.6).
  • The Cavaliers are one of only two teams to lose a game when leading by 20+ points at HT this season.
  • The Cavaliers rank 3rd in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.9).

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Prediction

The Cavaliers could be shorthanded to start this series as they are keeping an eye on Jarrett Allen who is questionable, while the Celtics will be without Kristaps Porzingis who is dealing with that calf injury. The Cavaliers were able to sneak past the Magic in the first round thanks to home-court advantage, but they don't have that luxury in this series, and I don't think we're going to seven games. The Celtics beat the Cavaliers in two of three meetings during the regular season, they should be well-rested, and I think they draw first blood with a comfortable win and cover at home. Mitchell is going to need a lot of help from his teammates if they are going to make this interesting, but I definitely prefer a play on the Celtics in this spot. 

 

Peter’s Pick Boston -11.5

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