Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Preview, Prediction and Odds| May 13, 2024

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers(1-2) take on the Boston Celtics(2-1) for Game 4 tonight.

There still has not been a close game in this series, as the Celtics ended up beating the Cavs by 13 points, and it never felt close. Boston has yet to play a single clutch minute of basketball so far these playoffs, meaning they have never been in a game where there was a less than 5-point difference with 5 or fewer minutes left.  

Can Cleveland force a split on their own home court, or will Boston take a commanding 3-1 lead in this series?

Cavaliers vs. Celtics Betting Odds

Cleveland Cavaliers

Team Spread Total MoneyLine
Cleveland Cavaliers +8.5

 

-108

O 207

 

-110

+270
Boston Celtics -8.5

 

-112

U 207

 

-110

-340
** Odds Subject to Change**

Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game Details

  • Fixture:  Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Date and Time: May 13, 2024 @ 7:00 pm EST
  • Location: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio

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Apex Tale of the Tape

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
48-34 Record 64-18
111.2 Points Per Game 119.6
47.6 FG% 48.6
36.2 3PT% 38.6
50.9 Rebounds Per Game 53.6
109.4 Points Allowed Per Game 108.2
46.0 Opponent FG% 45.3
36.5 Opponent 3PT% 35.1
79.0 Opponent FT% 76.9
50.9 Opponent Rebounds Against 50.1
2-3 Last 5 W-L 4-1
100.5 Team Pace 100.4

Key Stats

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 36.8 points in his last 5 games. He has done a lot of the heavy lifting for the Cavs and will have to again if they want a chance to win another game in this series. 

Another big factor for Cleveland is Evan Mobley. In their big game 2 win, Mobley helped out Mitchell, scoring 21 points. He also is a large defensive presence, averaging 2.4 blocks per game this postseason.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics got back on track two nights ago in their game 3 win. Their superstars showed up and responded to the game 2 loss. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown had 61 combined points, scoring 33 and 28 respectively. Boston got back to their style, shooting 38.2% from 3 after shooting 22.9% the game before. 

Injury Report

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Jarrett Allen – Questionable
  • Donovan Mitchell – Questionable
  • Craig Porter Jr. – OUT
  • Ty Jerome – OUT

Boston Celtics

  • Luke Kornet – Probable
  • Kristaps Porzingis – OUT

Game Prediction

The Celtics are yet again heavy favorites over Cleveland. At this point it feels like the only way a team can beat this Boston bunch is if they have a terrible shooting performance. However, Cleveland was right in game 3 until Boston went on a 14-0 run out of halftime. 

Even with that big Boston run, Cleveland still came back and brought it back to within 9 points eventually. I think that if the Cavaliers can just turn up the defensive intensity a little bit, they can keep this game close. The Boston Celtics will play their first clutch minutes in this series, and I think that starts tonight.

Final Pick

Cleveland Cavaliers +8.5 (-108)

About the Author

Caden is a massive sports fan and has been following the professional leagues for as long as he can remember. His main sports are NFL and NBA, but he watches and can talk about all sports.

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