Celtics vs Cavaliers Game 1 NBA Playoffs Picks 5/7

Celtics vs Cavaliers Game 1 NBA Playoffs Picks 5/7

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Boston, MA; May 7, 2024, 4:00 p.m. EST

 

Game Odds

Odds by ESPN BET

Time Spread Total ML
4:00 PM +11.5 (-105) o209.5 (-105) +470
- -11.5 (-115) u209.5 (-115) -650

 

Game Overview

The Cleveland Cavaliers (48-34) clash with the Boston Celtics (64-18) in what promises to be an intense battle in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Tip-off is set for May 7, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. EST. The Celtics, boasting an impressive 37-4 home record, aim to continue their dominance at TD Garden against a resilient Cavaliers team coming off a grueling seven-game series against the Orlando Magic.

 

Team Statistics

Cleveland Cavaliers

Led by D. Mitchell, the Cavaliers have shown resilience and determination throughout the season. However, facing injuries and fatigue from their previous series, they will face a formidable challenge against the Celtics.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics, led by J. Tatum, have been unstoppable at home, utilizing their depth and defensive prowess to dominate opponents. With their eyes set on the championship, they enter this series as the favorites.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

The Cavaliers have several key players listed as game-time decisions, which could impact their performance. In contrast, the Celtics are relatively healthy and ready to unleash their full arsenal.

 

Recent Performances

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers displayed resilience in their series against the Orlando Magic, but the toll of the seven-game battle might affect their energy levels entering this matchup.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have been dominant, sweeping their first-round series and entering this matchup with confidence and momentum.

 

Prediction

The Celtics' dominance at home, combined with the Cavaliers' fatigue and potential injury concerns, leads us to predict a convincing victory for Boston. With their depth, defensive intensity, and home-court advantage, the Celtics are well-positioned to cover the -11.5 points spread. Expect them to control the game from start to finish, capitalizing on the Cavaliers' weaknesses and securing a commanding win in Game 1 of the series.

Pick: Boston Celtics -11.5

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