Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction NBA Picks 5/13/24

Cleveland Cavaliers (53-39) vs Boston Celtics (70-20)

Game Info: Monday, May 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers +8.5 --- Over/Under: 208.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out in a crucial NBA Game 4 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Monday night. Here's a Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics will be looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead after blowing past the Cavaliers in a 106-93 road win in Game 3 on Saturday. Jayson Tatum led the team with 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Jaylen Brown added 28 points with nine rebounds on 13 of 17 shooting while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 51 percent from the field and 13 of 34 from the 3-point line, but this win was more about their effort on defense as they were always in control after limiting the Cavaliers to just 20 points in the second quarter and just 21 points in the third quarter. The Celtics got next to no support from their bench and Al Horford finished with just two points on one of seven shooting.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be hoping to bounce back and square up the series after getting routed by the Celtics in a disappointing loss on Saturday. Donovan Mitchell tried his best as he drained seven 3-pointers to lead the way with 33 points, Evan Mobley added 17 points while Darius Garland and Caris LeVert each scored 15 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 42 percent from the field and 12 of 36 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace with the Celtics from the start with Mitchell not getting enough help from his teammates except for Mobley. Max Strus scored just six points on two of eight shooting while Isaac Okoro scored just two points on one of seven shooting.

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.

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.

Matchup/League Facts

  • 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).
  • 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).

Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction

The Celtics are still a little shorthanded with Kristaps Porzingis still out, while the Cavaliers are keeping eyes on Jarrett Allen and Donovan Mitchell, who are both listed as questionable at the moment. The Celtics were able to reclaim the series lead with a solid performance in Game 3, and it wasn't like it was their best offensive night, with most of the role players staying quiet. The Cavaliers weren't able to give Mitchell enough help once again, and I think we're about to see a similar result here. The Celtics got a real wake-up call with that loss in Game 2, but I think they're back to their old selves, and they should be too much for the Cavaliers to handle once again.

 

Peter’s Pick Boston -8.5

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