Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 1 NBA Preview (5/7/24): Odds, Lineups, Injuries & Stats

Written By Editorial Team on May 7, 2024
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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers Preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to play the Boston Celtics on May 7, at 7:00 PM ET. Game 1 will be held at TD Garden in Boston and broadcast on TNT. NBA betting odds list the Celtics as favorites with a -11.5 point spread and an over/under of 209.0.

Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 1 pregame odds

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals have the Celtics as favorites at Massachusetts sportsbooks. A double-digit spread for the Celtics is pretty familiar, yet the Cavaliers have kept most games within striking distance during the regular season schedule. The over/under varies across NBA betting odds, but two defensive teams have this total sitting a bit lower.

  • DraftKings: Celtics -12, over/under 208.5
  • FanDuel: Celtics -11.5, over/under 210.0
  • Caesars: Celtics -11.5, over/under 209.0
  • BetMGM: Celtics -11.5, over/under 209.5

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Cavaliers vs Celtics.

Cavaliers vs. Celtics projected starting lineups

Cavaliers projected starting lineup

PG: Darius Garland
SG: Donovan Mitchell
SF: Max Strus
PF: Evan Mobley
C: Jarrett Allen (game-time decision)

Celtics projected starting lineup

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Al Horford

Projected lineups and injuries are pulled from Sportsdata.

Cavaliers vs. Celtics injuries tonight

Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen (C) is questionable with a rib injury. Ty Jerome (PG), Dean Wade (PF), and Craig Porter Jr. (PG) are out with ankle and knee injuries, respectively.

Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis (C) is out with a calf injury.

Team stats & standings ahead of tonight’s game

Game 1 will take place tonight between two of the top teams in the East. Boston won the regular season series 2-1, and they are heavily favored to move onto the next round.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Stats and Standings

The Cleveland Cavaliers, held a record of 48-34, were positioned fourth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Central Division. Cleveland pulled out a Game 7 win over the Orlando Magic, despite coming out of the gates a bit slow. Boston is now waiting for them on the other side. Here are the season stats:

  • Points per game: 112.6
  • Points allowed per game: 110.2
  • FG%: 47.9
  • 3PT%: 36.7
  • Assists per game: 28.0
  • Rebounds per game: 43.3

Boston Celtics Team Stats and Standings

The Boston Celtics led the Eastern Conference with a record of 64-18, also topping the Atlantic Division. In their latest matchup against the Miami Heat, they secured a win with a score of 102-84, putting the Heat to bed. Season stats for the Celtics are as follows:

  • Points per game: 120.6
  • Points allowed per game: 109.2
  • FG%: 48.7
  • 3PT%: 38.8
  • Assists per game: 26.9
  • Rebounds per game: 46.3

Player Stats for Cavaliers vs. Celtics

As the Cavaliers and Celtics prepare to face off, NBA fans and bettors are looking closely at player performances. Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum stand out as key players for their respective teams, promising an exciting matchup influenced by their recent game stats and season averages.

Cavaliers leaders ahead of tonight’s game

Donovan Mitchell’s recent scoring spree and Evan Mobley’s double-double capabilities highlight the Cavaliers’ strengths. Their recent performances suggest a competitive edge for the upcoming game.

  • Donovan Mitchell (SG): 39 PTS, 9 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Max Strus (SG): 13 PTS, 3 RBS, 1 AST
  • Darius Garland (PG): 12 PTS, 3 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Evan Mobley (PF): 11 PTS, 16 RBS, 1 AST
  • Isaac Okoro (SF): 8 PTS, 3 RBS, 1 AST

Season leaders for the Cavaliers show Donovan Mitchell leading in points, highlighting his importance for upcoming series.

  • Donovan Mitchell: 26.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.1 APG
  • Darius Garland: 18.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 6.5 APG
  • Caris LeVert: 14.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 5.1 APG
  • Max Strus: 12.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.0 APG
  • Evan Mobley: 15.7 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 3.2 APG

Celtics leaders ahead of tonight’s game

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s scoring and rebounding stats make them the Celtics’ key players for the upcoming series.

  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 25 PTS, 6 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Derrick White (SG): 25 PTS, 5 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 16 PTS, 12 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Payton Pritchard (PG): 7 PTS, 3 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Al Horford (C): 8 PTS, 6 RBS, 3 ASTS

The Celtics’ season leaders feature Jayson Tatum at the forefront, underlining his critical role in the team’s offensive strategy.

  • Jayson Tatum: 26.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.9 APG
  • Jaylen Brown: 23.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.6 APG
  • Kristaps Porzingis: 20.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.0 APG
  • Derrick White: 15.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.2 APG
  • Jrue Holiday: 12.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.8 APG
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