Celtics vs. Cavaliers: Eastern Semifinals Game 5 Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – May 15, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on May 14, 2024

The Cleveland Cavaliers (48-34) are aiming to prove the oddsmakers wrong as heavy, 16-point underdogs in a decisive Game 5 of the second round of the NBA Playoffs, and will face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Wednesday, starting at 7:00 PM ET on TNT. The Celtics are on top 3-1 in the series. A 206-point over/under has been set for this matchup.

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Celtics vs. Cavaliers Betting Odds

Favorite Spread Total
Celtics -16 206

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Injury Report as of May 15

Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis: Out (Calf), Jay Scrubb: Out (Knee)

Cavaliers: Caris LeVert: Questionable (Knee), Ricky Rubio: Out (Personal), Ty Jerome: Out (Ankle), Jarrett Allen: Questionable (Rib), Donovan Mitchell: Questionable (Calf), Craig Porter: Doubtful (Ankle)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Cavaliers (+16)
Total Pick Over (206)

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers Stat Rankings

Celtics Avg. (Rank) Cavaliers Avg. (Rank)
120.6 (2nd) Points Scored 112.6 (20th)
109.2 (5th) Points Allowed 110.2 (7th)
46.3 (2nd) Rebounds 43.3 (16th)
10.7 (13th) Off. Rebounds 9.8 (22nd)
16.5 (1st) 3pt Made 13.5 (7th)
26.9 (14th) Assists 28.0 (8th)
11.3 (1st) Turnovers 12.7 (16th)

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Celtics Key Players

Jayson Tatum 74 26.9 8.1 4.9 1.0 0.6 3.1
Jaylen Brown 70 23.0 5.5 3.6 1.2 0.5 2.1
Derrick White 73 15.2 4.2 5.2 1.0 1.2 2.7
Jrue Holiday 69 12.5 5.4 4.8 0.9 0.8 2.0
Payton Pritchard 82 9.6 3.2 3.4 0.5 0.1 1.8

Cavaliers Key Players

Donovan Mitchell 55 26.6 5.1 6.1 1.8 0.5 3.3
Darius Garland 57 18.0 2.7 6.5 1.3 0.1 2.3
Jarrett Allen 77 16.5 10.5 2.7 0.7 1.1 0.0
Evan Mobley 50 15.7 9.4 3.2 0.9 1.4 0.4
Caris LeVert 68 14.0 4.1 5.1 1.1 0.5 1.6

Betting Trends

  • The Celtics have 42 wins in 82 games against the spread this season.
  • Boston has won twice ATS (2-3) as a 16-point favorite or more this season.
  • Out of 82 Celtics games so far this season, 43 have hit the over.
  • In 76 games this season, Boston and its opponent have combined for more than 206 points.
  • The average total for Celtics games this season has been 229.8, which is 23.8 points higher than the total for this game.
  • The Cavaliers’ record against the spread is 38-42-2.
  • There have been 40 Cavaliers games (out of 82) that hit the over this season.
  • Cleveland’s games have gone over 206 points on 70 occasions this year.
  • This season, Cavaliers games have resulted in an average scoring total of 222.9, which is 16.9 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.

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