Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Picks and Predictions May 15th 2024

Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Wed, May 15, 19:00 pm.
Boston Celtics
ML: -1600
Cleveland Cavaliers
ML: 900

Celtics Gunning for the Win in Crunch-Time Game 5 Against the Cavs

The Boston Celtics are prepped and ready to roll out the welcome mat for the Cleveland Cavaliers this Wednesday, as Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals heats up. The spotlight’s glaring down on Donovan Mitchell—will he show up game-ready following that gnarly calf injury? With the Celtics sitting pretty at a 3-1 lead, they’re a single victory shy of stepping into the Eastern Conference finals. Meanwhile, the Cavs are feeling the heat, desperate to flip the script and keep their playoff hopes from fizzling out.

Mitchell’s Moment of Truth

Donovan Mitchell has been tearing it up for the Cavs, dropping an impressive 29.6 points per game this postseason. But after sitting out Monday’s game with a strained left calf—a blow that went down in the dying moments of Game 3—it’s all eyes on him. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s playing it coy, pegging Mitchell as day-to-day, which has everyone biting their nails wondering if he’ll make it to the court for this do-or-die game.

Cavs Digging Deep

With Mitchell potentially on the bench, the pressure’s on for the rest of the team to step up. Darius Garland didn’t disappoint in Game 4, lighting up the scoreboard with 30 points and serving up seven assists. Despite taking the L, Garland’s standout play was a silver lining, proving he’s got the chops to lead the charge. Still, the Cavs need to up their game from downtown, having hit only 15 out of 48 threes last time.

Coach Bickerstaff is keeping spirits high, applauding his team’s grit: “We’ve faced a lot together, and this crew doesn’t fold easily. They rise to the occasion, every single time.”

Celtics Clutching Victory

The Celtics barely edged out a win in Cleveland, snagging a 109-102 victory—marking their first playoff win this season by less than double digits. Jayson Tatum was in fine form, dropping 33 points with 11 boards and five dimes, and stressing the squad’s defensive hustle: “Tonight, we really dug in defensively. We hit crucial shots and kept our cool when it counted.”

Foul Play?

The free throw tally has tongues wagging, with the Celtics getting 24 shots at the line compared to a mere seven for the Cavs in Game 4. Garland didn’t mince words about the officiating, hinting at a tilt: “It’s rough out there when the free throw count’s that lopsided,” he remarked.

High Stakes Showdown

If the Celtics clinch Game 5, they not only advance but also solidify their rep as formidable hosts this playoff season at the TD Garden. For the Cavs, it’s do or die—they’re battling not just to win but to stave off elimination and force a Game 6.

This upcoming clash is set to be a showdown of wills, strategies, and raw determination as both teams duke it out, aiming to carve their names deeper into the postseason saga.

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Boston Celtics
O 205.5
Cleveland Cavaliers
U 205.5
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