Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 3 NBA Preview (5/11/24): Odds, Lineups, Injuries & Stats

Written By Editorial Team on May 11, 2024 - Last Updated on May 13, 2024
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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers Preview

The Boston Celtics are set to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 11, at 8:30 p.m. The matchup will take place at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, airing on ABC. Game 3 has a point spread of 8.0 in favor of the Boston Celtics and an over/under of 211.5. The series is tied 1-1 after two games as the Celtics are still heavy favorites to move on.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers odds for Game 3

The matchup between the Celtics and the Cavaliers is once again pointing towards the Celtics as heavy favorites. DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM all have similar lines for Massachusetts sportsbooks. The total went over in Game 2, but Boston fell flat in covering the spread. They are favorites but slightly less than their two home spreads.

  • DraftKings: Celtics -8, over/under 211.5
  • FanDuel: Celtics -8, over/under 211.5
  • Caesars: Celtics -8, over/under 211.0
  • BetMGM: Celtics -7.5, over/under 211.5

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

Celtics vs Cavaliers projected starting lineups Game 3

Celtics projected starting lineup

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

Cavaliers projected starting lineup

PG: Darius Garland
SG: Donovan Mitchell
SF: Max Strus
PF: Isaac Okoro
C: Evan Mobley

Projected lineups and injuries are pulled from Sportsdata.

Celtics vs. Cavs Game 3 injuries

Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis (C) is out with a calf injury since April 29.

Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen (C) is questionable due to a rib injury as of April 30. Ty Jerome (PG), Dean Wade (PF), and Craig Porter Jr. (PG) are out with ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Team Standings and Stats for Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game

The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face off in Game 3. The Celtics, with a record of 64-18, led the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division. Cleveland finished fourth in the East. Both teams have been superb defensively this season and that reflects in the lower total for NBA betting odds.

In their recent matchups, both teams have each secured a win against the other, setting the stage for a highly anticipated Celtics vs. Cavaliers game. The Cavaliers showed impressive performance in their last game against the Celtics, scoring 118 points with a field goal percentage of 54.7% and a three-pointer percentage of 46.4%.

Boston Celtics Season Stats

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

Cleveland Cavaliers Season Stats

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

Player Stats for Celtics vs. Cavaliers

It was a balanced effort from the Cavs in Game 2, led by Donovan Mitchell. Jayson Tatum has yet to make an impact in this series, despite the 25 points in Game 2. Boston will need one of their stars to lead the way.

Boston Celtics leaders

The Celtics have shown resilience and skill in their recent games, highlighted by the performances of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Their ability to score and assist has been crucial for the team, which could catapult them to a Game 4 against the Cavs.

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 25 PTS, 7 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 19 PTS, 4 RBS, 1 AST
  • Payton Pritchard (PG): 13 PTS, 2 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Al Horford (C): 11 PTS, 2 RBS, 1 AST
  • Derrick White (SG): 10 PTS, 4 RBS, 5 ASTS

Season leaders for the Celtics have been instrumental in their campaign, with Tatum leading the charge.

  • 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

Cleveland Cavaliers leaders

The Cavaliers are coming into this game with strong performances from Donovan Mitchell and Evan Mobley, showcasing their scoring prowess and defensive capabilities.

  • Donovan Mitchell (SG): 29 PTS, 7 RBS, 8 ASTS
  • Evan Mobley (PF): 21 PTS, 10 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Caris LeVert (SF): 21 PTS, 6 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Darius Garland (PG): 14 PTS, 7 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Isaac Okoro (SF): 12 PTS, 1 RBS, 1 AST

The Cavaliers’ season stats reflect their balanced attack and solid defense, with Jarrett Allen and Donovan Mitchell leading.

  • Donovan Mitchell: 26.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.1 APG
  • Darius Garland: 18.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 6.5 APG
  • Jarrett Allen: 16.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG
  • Caris LeVert: 14.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 5.1 APG
  • Max Strus: 12.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.0 APG
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