Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics 5/15/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

 Cleveland Cavaliers (1-3) at Boston Celtics (3-1)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 at  7 p.m. EST (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Celtics -15.5 (-105) - Over/Under (203.5)

Pick: Celtics -15.5 (-105)

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics will play the fifth game of their second round postseason series here on Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston. Much like we’ve seen throughout the majority of this series the previous game was close throughout the first half but eventually one team would pull away and insert themselves as the better team with a commanding lead by the time the third-quarter came to an end. Once again, it was the Boston Celtics as they cruised their way to a third victory of the series and now they will look to send Cleveland home for good hearing game number five at home on Tuesday night. This is a must win game for both teams as they continue to chase championship aspirations, and we can expect another close and competitive matchup throughout this contest once again.

Even without Donovan Mitchell in the lineup throughout their game four loss, the Cleveland Cavaliers showed plenty of heart, and they will need to carry that over into game five if they want to keep their season alive. Cleveland comes into this game on Tuesday night at TD Garden with their backs against the wall after a pair of consecutive losses at home. This is a team that has been relatively tough at home this season, but they were no match for the Boston Celtics throughout the two games as nobody really stepped up for the Cleveland Cavaliers outside of Donovan Mitchell. 

His absence in the game left a massive hole in the game plan on both ends of the court, and they were unable to catch up with the talent deficiency. With more unlikelihood surrounding Donovan Mitchell’s availability for this game. It seems more and more possible that Cleveland may have just thrown in the towel and they have started to plan for next season. They have been completely outmatched at times and moments of this series and that is something you cannot learn overnight and that is something they will need to develop throughout the off-season if they want to make a deeper playoff run next year.

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The Boston Celtics have an opportunity to wrap up shop and advance to the eastern conference finals with a victory here at home on Wednesday evening against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston had no problem stealing a pair of victories on the road in Cleveland, and this series has mirrored their opening round series against the Miami Heat right down to each and every result. As grabbed victory in the game and then the opposing team followed up with a win in Boston, only for the Boston Celtics to back and win two on the road. 

Boston would go on to win game five against Miami in easy fashion and that is something they will replicate here on Wednesday night against Cleveland as they look to shut the door on the Cavaliers for the year. As long as Tatum and Brown continue to play as well as they’ve played over the last couple of games, then the Boston Celtics should have no problem grabbing a third consecutive victory against Cleveland and advancing to the third round of the postseason. What awaits them will be the winner of the series between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers on the other side of the bracket

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Boston is 37-5 at home

- Cleveland is 1-4 on the road in the playoffs 

- Boston is 40-6 as a home favorite 

I expect Boston to grab a third consecutive solid victory in this series on Tuesday night at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. As I look for the Boston Celtics' efficient shooting from the field to continue throughout this game and I look for it to hurt Cleveland in the second half once again. Although Cleveland has fought hard throughout this series, I expect this to be the final nail in the coffin and I look for the Boston Celtics to not only pick up the victory here on Tuesday night, but also cover the spread and send the Cavaliers home for the season. 

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