Celtics vs. Cavaliers Predictions & Best Bets: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under and Props | Game 1

Written By PlayPicks Staff on May 6, 2024

The Boston Celtics are favored by 12.5 points for Game 1 of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on Tuesday, beginning at 7:00 PM ET on TNT. The matchup has an over/under set at 211 points.

Our computer predictions for Tuesday’s game may help you place an informed wager by picking the best bets available.

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Spread: Celtics (-12.5) to Cover

  • The model projects the Celtics to win, just as DraftKings does, but the model favors them by slightly more points (14.1 to 12.5).
  • Boston has a 42-36-4 record against the spread this season.
  • When playing as at least 12.5-point favorites this season, the Celtics have an ATS record of 11-6.
  • Cleveland’s ATS record is 38-42-2 this year.

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Total: Over 211

  • The model predicts a total (224.4 points) much higher than the one set by DraftKings for this matchup (211 points). Take the over.
  • Boston’s games have finished with more than 211 points 73 times so far this season.
  • So far this year, 62 Cleveland’s games have featured more than 211 points scored.
  • So far this season, 43 out of the Celtics’ 82 games have gone over the point total.
  • So far this year, 40 out of the Cavaliers’ 82 games with an over/under have hit the over.

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Moneyline Winner: Celtics (-700)

  • Prediction: Celtics 119, Cavaliers 105
  • Boston has been the favorite in 79 games this season and won 63 (79.7%) of those contests.
  • Cleveland has won in 11, or 37.9%, of the 29 contests it has been named as the odds-on underdog this year.

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Jaylen Brown Points Prop: Under 23.5

  • Jaylen Brown posts 23.0 points, 5.5 boards and 3.6 assists per game. At the other end, he averages 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks.
  • Tuesday’s points prop for Brown is 23.5. That is 0.5 more than his season average.
  • Brown has had 77 chances to hit the over on a point prop this season and came through 38 times.
  • On offense the Cavaliers are the 20th-ranked team in the league (112.6 points per game). On defense they are seventh (110.2 points allowed per game).

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Donovan Mitchell Points Prop: Under 27.5

  • On a per-game basis, Donovan Mitchell gets the Cavaliers 26.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists. He also averages 1.8 steals and 0.5 blocked shots.
  • Mitchell’s 26.6 points per game average is 0.9 fewer than Tuesday’s over/under.
  • He is 25-for-66 at going over his points prop total this season.
  • It’s been a dominant stretch for the Celtics, who are scoring 120.6 points per game (second-best in NBA) and surrendering 109.2 points per contest (fifth-best).

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All stats in this article refer to the 2023-24 regular season.

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