Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 2 NBA Preview (5/9/24): Odds, Lineups, Injuries & Stats

Written By Editorial Team on May 9, 2024
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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers Preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to play against the Boston Celtics on Thursday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will be hosted at TD Garden in Boston and aired on ESPN. The Celtics are -13.5 point favorites at most sportsbooks, with a total around 212.5. Boston won Game 1 and will look to take a 2-0 series lead.

Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 2 pregame odds

The pregame NBA betting odds for the Cavaliers vs. Celtics matchup show a significant advantage for the Celtics, according to various Massachusetts sportsbooks. DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM all list the Celtics with a substantial lead on the moneyline and a point spread of -13.5. The over/under across these sportsbooks ranges narrowly between 212.0 to 212.5, indicating expectations for the total score. These odds suggest a challenging game ahead for the Cavaliers.

  • DraftKings: Celtics -13.5, over/under 212.0
  • FanDuel: Celtics -13.5, over/under 212.0
  • Caesars: Celtics -13.5, over/under 212.0
  • BetMGM: Celtics -13.5, over/under 212.5

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: Isaac Okoro
C: Evan Mobley

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 Game 2 injuries

Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen (C) is questionable with a rib injury, potentially missing Game 2 against the Celtics. Dean Wade (PF) remains out with a knee injury. Ty Jerome (PG) and Craig Porter Jr. (PG) are out with ankle injuries.

Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis (C) is out with a calf injury, missing Game 2 against the Cavaliers.

Team stats and standings ahead of tonight’s game

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Stats and Standings

The Cleveland Cavaliers hold a season record of 48-34, ranking them 4th in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Central Division. Their performance shows a 36.7% success rate from the three-point line and a 47.9% field goal percentage. The Cavaliers average 112.6 points per game while allowing 110.2 points against them. In their last game against the Boston Celtics, they scored 95 points, with a 41.1% field goal percentage and a 26.2% three-point percentage, highlighting a need for improvement in shooting accuracy for the upcoming NBA game.

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

Boston Celtics Team Stats and Standings

The Boston Celtics lead with a strong season performance of 64-18, securing 1st place in both the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division. They boast a 38.8% three-point shooting and a 48.7% field goal percentage. The Celtics average 120.6 points per game, demonstrating a potent offense, while their defense restricts opponents to 109.2 points per game. Their last victory showcased a solid defense, limiting their opponents to 95 points.

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

Player Stats for Cavaliers vs. Celtics

Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum stand out as pivotal figures for their respective teams, bringing impressive recent performances and season averages into this highly anticipated game.

Cavaliers leaders ahead of tonight’s game

Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavaliers with his remarkable scoring ability, supported by Evan Mobley’s strong presence in the paint. Their recent game stats reflect their impact on the court.

  • Donovan Mitchell (SG): 33 PTS, 6 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Evan Mobley (PF): 17 PTS, 13 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Darius Garland (PG): 14 PTS, 3 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Isaac Okoro (SF): 11 PTS, 1 RBS, 1 ASTS
  • Caris LeVert (SF): 4 PTS, 7 RBS, 3 ASTS

Season stats highlight the Cavaliers’ key contributors:

  • Donovan Mitchell: 26.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.1 APG
  • Jarrett Allen: 16.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.7 APG
  • Caris LeVert: 14 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 5.1 APG
  • Max Strus: 12.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4 APG
  • Darius Garland: 18 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 6.5 APG

Celtics leaders ahead of tonight’s game

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the Celtics’ offensive powerhouses, with Derrick White providing crucial support. Their performances in the recent game against the Cavaliers showcase their capabilities.

  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 32 PTS, 6 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Derrick White (SG): 25 PTS, 1 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 18 PTS, 11 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Payton Pritchard (PG): 16 PTS, 5 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Al Horford (C): 7 PTS, 8 RBS, 4 ASTS

The Celtics’ season leaders bring solid numbers into the game:

  • Jayson Tatum: 26.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.9 APG
  • Jaylen Brown: 23 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.6 APG
  • Kristaps Porzingis: 20.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2 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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