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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics 5/9/24 – Free agency, NBA

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Search Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics free NBA picks and NBA odds? NBA Betting sees the Cavaliers taking over the Celts on Thursday, May 9 at TD Garden, Boston. Cappers Picks offers free expert handicapping picks for all NBA basketball games, so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Cavaliers Celtics matchup.

NBA Playoffs 2024 Handicap Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

(0-1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics (1-0)
Date: Thursday May 9
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Moneyline NBA Odds: Cavaliers +660 | Celtics -899 (Bet Now!)
NBA ATS Betting Odds: Celtics -13.5
Total NBA Bets Today (O/U): 208

Game 2 of the conference semifinals between the fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers and the top-seeded Boston Celtics continues Thursday. The Celtics took control in the early series with an impressive 120-95 win in Game 1.

Season series

Last season the teams played four times, with the Cavaliers winning three of the four games, while the Celtics turned their fortunes around this season, winning two of the three meetings. Boston holds the all-time record among teams with 139 wins in 226 games.

The clubs have a long history of the play-offs, having faced each other eight times previously and each winning four of the series. The last meeting took place in 2018, when the Cavs won 4-3.

*Editor’s note: Stats and rankings are current at the time of writing, as of Wednesday, May 8. The numbers participating in competitions on Thursday 9 May may vary slightly.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Other than Donovan Mitchell, the Cavaliers continue to struggle offensively. In the eight postseason games they have played, Cleveland has scored more than 100 points only twice.

Jarrett Allen’s absence impacts Cleveland’s ability to defend, as evidenced in Game 1 when they lost the rebounding battle 55 to 38, with the Celtics nearly doubling them (15 to 8) on the offensive glass. Allen remains questionable for Thursday.

Cavaliers Stats

On the season, Cleveland ranked 16th offensively (114.7) and seventh defensively (112.1) with a net differential of plus +2.5 that ranked 12th overall.

So far in the playoffs, the Cavaliers are 15th offensively (100.3) and fifth defensively (108.0) with a net differential of minus -7.8 and are in 13th place.

Cleveland has performed below average against the spread with a 41-47-2 record in 90 games.

Cavaliers injury report

To summarize the injury report…

  • Jarrett Allen, C (Questionable – Ribs)
  • Craig Porter Jr., PG (OUT indefinitely – single)
  • Ty Jerome, PG (OUT indefinitely – single)
  • Dean Wade, PG (OUT indefinitely – knee)

Boston Celtics

Although Jayson Tatum is considered the top dog in Boston, he has struggled to find efficiency in the postseason. Tatum is averaging 40.6% from the field and just 25% from the perimeter.

Instead, Jaylen Brown and Derrick White committed the offense. In Game 1 that continued as Brown registered 32 points while White offered 25 and they were both hot from deep, shooting 7 of 12 and 4 of 6 from deep respectively.

Celtics Stats

Boston ranked first offensively (122.2) and was second defensively (110.6), while recording a net differential of plus +111.7, which also ranked first overall.

Through one game of the semifinals, the Celtics rank fourth offensively (119.8) and third defensively (100.9) with a first-place net differential of plus +18.9.

In terms of the Celtics’ performance against the spread, they offer a record of 46-37-5 through 88 games.

Celtics injury report

To summarize the injury report…

  • Kristaps Porzingis, PF (OUT indefinitely calf)

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Cavaliers vs. Celtics NBA Betting:

  • Overall, the Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone ABOVE in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games.
  • Also, the Cavaliers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
  • By comparison, Boston is 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
  • The total has gone ABOVE in 14 of Boston’s last 20 games.
  • Additionally, the Celtics are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.

Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:

The final score was no indication of how thoroughly the Celtics dominated the Cavaliers and even with that, they looked a little rusty to start after so many days off.

Since the Cavs haven’t figured out their offense yet, I expect Boston to punch them in the mouth from the tip-off and send a strong message that they intend to take care of business in short order.

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