The Celtics and Cavaliers will tip off game two of this Eastern Conference first-round series at 7:00 PM ET from TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics are the heavy favorite, currently sitting at -13.5 on the point spread and -987 on the money line. The over/under line is at 212 points, and the Cavaliers are at +641 on the money line. Boston currently leads the series 1-0 and is the 4 seed in the East, with the Cavs at the 5 seed.


The Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +13.5

This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:00 ET on Thursday, May 9th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-104 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.4% and knocking down 17 threes.

The most recent game of this series saw the Celtics easily take down the Cavaliers by a score of 120-95. Boston was favored by 12.5 points heading into the game and easily covered the spread. The Celtics got off to a hot start, outscoring the Cavs 40-34 in the first quarter. Going into the game, the over/under line was set at 211 points, and the 215 combined points surpassed that line by four points.

Donovan Mitchell had a big game for the Cavaliers, scoring 33 points and knocking down four threes. However, the rest of the Cavs struggled from deep, making just 26.2% of their threes. On the other side, Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 32 points, and Derrick White added 25 points. Boston made 18 threes as a team.

Will the Cavaliers Find a Way to Win in Boston?

Today, the Cavaliers are 13.5-point underdogs against the Celtics. This season, they have been the underdog in 33 of their 82 games and have gone 11-22 in those games. Cleveland has lost 10 straight games against the spread as the underdog and is 14-18 ATS in those games.

In their last game vs. the Celtics, the Cavaliers lost by a score of 120-95. They were 12.5-point underdogs in that game. The O/U line for that game was 211 points.

This season, the Cavaliers have an O/U record of 45-44-1, and the over has hit in their last two games. On average, their games have finished with 220.7 points, and today's O/U line is set at 212.

In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are currently in 4th place with a record of 48-34. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 31-21 and 17-13 in non-conference games.

On the road, the Cavaliers are 22-23 straight up and 19-24 ATS. Their average scoring differential on the road is -1.3 points per game. At home, they are 30-15 straight up and 22-23 ATS.

Donovan Mitchell is averaging 26.6 points per game this season and 33.6 points per game in his last five games. In these games, he shot 47.2% from the field. Caris LeVert is averaging 14 points per game this year, but he has hit just 32.5% of his threes. Darius Garland is averaging 18 points per game and has a three-point shooting percentage of 37.1%.

Cleveland is averaging 112.6 points per game this season, which is 23rd in the league. Their scoring average on the road is 109 points per contest. Looking at their games this season, the Cavaliers have scored below their season scoring average in 67.1% of their games.

On the season, the Cavaliers have been one of the better defensive teams in the league, ranking 7th in points allowed at 109.6 per game. This is despite being just 25th in personal fouls. Opponents have had a tough time shooting the ball against Cleveland, as they are 4th in field goal percentage allowed at 46.2%. They have also been solid at defending the three-point line, ranking 10th in three-point shooting percentage allowed at 36.6%.

Over their last five games, the Cavaliers have been even better defensively, ranking 6th in field goal percentage allowed at 44.8%. However, they have struggled to keep opponents off the free-throw line, giving up 19.2 made free throws per game during that stretch, which is 26th in the league.

Can the Celtics Hold Strong at Home?

The Celtics are looking to sweep their home-and-home series with the Cavaliers after defeating them 120-95. This win improved their overall record to 64-18, which is the best in the Eastern Conference.

Boston has won four straight games and is currently favored by 13.5 points in today's game. As the favorite, the Celtics have gone 67-17 straight up and 44-36 ATS. Their ATS record for the season is 46-38, and they have covered the spread in their last two home games.

This season, the Celtics have been favored in all but four of their games. In those games, they are 2-2 straight up and 2-2 ATS. As the favorite, their scoring margin is +12.4 points per game.

The over/under line for today's game is 212 points, and the Celtics have seen their games average 227.9 points per game this season. In their last two games, the Celtics have gone over the O/U line, and their over/under record for the season is 46-41-1.

The Celtics are the league's second-highest scoring team this season, averaging 120.6 points per game. At home, they have been even better, averaging 122.3 points per contest. Boston leads the NBA in both three-point attempts and three-point makes, averaging 42.5 attempts and 16.5 makes per game.

Jaylen Brown has averaged 25.8 points per game in his last five games, hitting 55.1% of his shots from the field. In these games, he averaged 6.6 rebounds. Derrick White has hit 50% of his threes in his last five games and averaged 23.4 points. Jrue Holiday is shooting 42.9% from three this year but just 12.5 points per game.

When it comes to defense, the Celtics are one of the best in the league, ranking 3rd in points allowed per game at 108.1. They are also 2nd in field goal percentage allowed at 45.2%. Over their last five games, they have been even better, ranking 2nd in points allowed at just 92.4 per game.

One area where the Celtics have been able to limit their opponents is at the free-throw line. On the season, they are 1st in made free-throws allowed at 17.0 per game. Over their last five games, they have been even better, ranking 2nd in made free-throws allowed at just 10.6 per game.

Despite being one of the best defensive teams in the league, opponents have been able to shoot the three-ball at a 34.6% clip, which is 15th in the NBA. Over their last five games, they have been even better, ranking 4th in three-point percentage allowed at 29.9%.