Celtics vs. Cavaliers odds, score prediction, time: 2024 NBA playoff picks, Game

Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the No. 1 seed Boston Celtics and the No. 4 seed Cleveland Cavaliers happens on Monday. The series shifted to Cleveland for Game 3, but the visiting Celtics took care of business in that matchup, defeating the Cavaliers 106-93 to take a 2-1 series edge. For Game 4, Kristaps Porzingis (calf) is out for Boston. Jarrett Allen (rib) is listed as questionable for the Cavs.

The game from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland will tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Boston is an 8.5-point favorite in the latest Cavaliers vs. Celtics odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 207.5. Before making any Celtics vs. Cavaliers picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model entered the conference semifinals in the 2024 NBA playoffs on a sizzling 94-61 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $2,800. Anyone following the model has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Cavs and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NBA betting lines and trends for Cavs vs. Celtics:

  • Celtics vs. Cavaliers spread: Boston -8.5
  • Celtics vs. Cavaliers over/under: 207.5 points
  • Celtics vs. Cavaliers money line: Boston -357, Cleveland +286
  • CLE: 4-2 ATS this season against Boston
  • BOS: 48-39-3 ATS this season
  • Celtics vs. Cavaliers picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why the Cavaliers can cover

Guard Donovan Mitchell continues to be the Cavs No. 1 option. Mitchell’s explosiveness and shot-creating ability make him such a tough matchup for opposing teams. The five-time All-Star also has some deep shooting range. In the 2024 NBA playoffs, Mitchell leads the team in points (29.6) and steals (1.3) with 5.4 rebounds per game. In his previous contest, he had 33 points, six rebounds and made seven 3-pointers.

Guard Darius Garland is a shifty ball handler in the backcourt. Garland’s effective jumper spaces the floor and he owns good court vision to find the open man when running offensive sets. The Vanderbilt product leads the team in assists (5.3) with 14.7 points per game in the postseason. He dropped 15 points and six assists in his last matchup. See which team to pick here.

Why the Celtics can cover

Guard Jaylen Brown is an athletic two-way force. Brown has a quick first step to get into the lane, while using his perimeter shot to keep the defense guessing. The 27-year-old is averaging a team-high 24.1 points along with 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. In Game 3, Brown notched 28 points and nine rebounds.

Forward Jayson Tatum continues to dominate. Tatum gets into the paint consistently while using his dribble moves to create space from defenders on the perimeter. The former Duke standout logs 23.1 points with a team-best in rebounds (10.4) and assists (5.5). On Saturday, Tatum racked up 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. See which team to pick here.

How to make Cavaliers vs. Celtics picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 215 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits nearly 70% of the time. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Celtics vs. Cavaliers, and which side of the spread hits nearly 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Cavaliers vs. Celtics spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has returned more than $2,800 on its NBA picks this season, and find out.

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