Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Picks and Predictions May 9th 2024

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Boston Celtics
ML: -800
Cleveland Cavaliers
ML: 550

Cavs Get Set to Turn the Tables in Game 2 Showdown in Boston

The Cleveland Cavaliers are all pumped up for a major comeback in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, going down this Thursday against the Boston Celtics. After a rough start in the series, the Cavs are ready to dial up the intensity and snag a win to balance out the best-of-seven face-off.

Breakdown of Game 1: Celtics Take Charge

Game 1 threw everyone off when the Celtics, ranking top seed, dominated the second half, cruising to a 120-95 win. Cleveland’s coach, J.B. Bickerstaff, spilled the tea on the struggle, pointing out how the Cavs were thrown off by Boston’s fast-paced game. “Going up against Boston, it’s a whole different ball game with their speed and their sharp shooting. It takes a minute to adjust,” Bickerstaff said, highlighting the contrast to their previous slower-paced games against Orlando.

Cavs’ Scoring Hiccups

The scoreboard hasn’t been too friendly to the Cavs this postseason, with the team failing to crack 100 points in six out of their eight games. Star player Donovan Mitchell, who dropped 33 points in the opener, called out the need for more precision, especially from beyond the arc. “We launched 42 treys and only made 11,” Mitchell pointed out, stressing the need to turn those attempts into points.

Celtics’ Star Performances

The Celtics had some standout moments from Jaylen Brown and Derrick White. Brown nailed 32 points, while White added 25, sinking seven 3-pointers. For White, it’s all about the W: “The goal is to win, doesn’t matter if I score zero or a ton. If we win, I’m doing my part.”

Cavs’ Strategy for Game 2

Despite being down by ten at the half and more by the third quarter, Bickerstaff is not losing hope and is betting on their game plan adjustments for Game 2. “We had our chances with some open looks… those usually go in for us. I’m betting they will as we push forward in the series,” he predicted. Mitchell also emphasized the importance of ‘stealing’ Game 2 to stay competitive.

The Mental Game

Jaylen Brown of the Celtics warned not to read too much into their Game 1 win, recognizing the Cavs’ tight schedule coming from a tough series against Orlando. “It’s a challenge to beat us four times,” he stated, highlighting the grind of NBA playoffs.

Looking Ahead

As the series heads back to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4, the Cavs look to capitalize on their home turf advantage—a place where they’ve already shown they can take down the Celtics earlier in the season.


Game 2 is a crucial turning point for the Cavaliers in Boston. With strategic tweaks and a renewed focus, they’re aiming to bounce back and even out the series. As the playoffs roll on, each game is a new battle, setting up what’s sure to be a thrilling continuation of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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