Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 4 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated May 12, 2024

NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers

The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers keep exchanging convincing wins. After Saturday's contest, Boston now leads the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Monday.

Boston
64-18
AT
May 13, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cleveland
48-34
Pointspread -11.5 -110
Moneyline -700
Over / Under o +204.5

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Betting Action

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Pointspread +11.5 -110
Moneyline +500
Over / Under u +204.5

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Betting Action

71%

The Pacers and Knicks series this one most certainly is not. For the third game in a row, the victor between Boston and Cleveland took care of business with relative ease. On Saturday Celtics claimed the third match 106-93 with an impressive display of the team’s ability to bounce back from their Game 2 loss.

The NBA Playoff odds have quite a bit of faith in Boston to take a commanding 3-1 series lead, as they’re pegged as -8.5 favourites to win Game 4.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers NBA Betting Odds

Speaking of the series going back and forth, so too do the odds keep going up and down. The price tag on the Cavs is on a roller coaster ride. The Game 2 victory improved their number to +650, but the loss on Saturday has dropped them back to +1600, which is what it was when the series commenced.

Boston finishing off Cleveland in five games is -303, six games is +325, and seven is +1100.

Keep in mind that this second-round series is developing similarly to the Celtics’ Round 1 matchup with the Miami Heat. They won easily, then lost badly, then convincingly finished off Miami in three straight contests. One assumes that the Cavaliers pose a greater threat, but a pattern is starting to emerge.

Boston Celtics

Speaking of patterns, although the Celtics have only played three games on the road thus far in the playoffs, all three were handled without much difficulty. When Cleveland began to chip away at Boston’s 23-point, third-quarter advantage, some may have recollected the game in March when the Ohio-based unit stormed back from 22-down to win.

It was not so on Saturday. Jayson Tatum made sure of it. For all his disappointing sequences in Game 2, he looked like his usual self in the third match. What’s more, he caused the most damage when the time came to put away the hosts in the second half. He finished with 33 points, a terrific 13 boards, and six assists. He crashed the paint with ferocity and hit fadeaway jumpers in critical moments. His 13 rebounds bolstered the team’s total to 44, whereas Cleveland only had 35.

Jaylen Brown was a close second with 28 points and nine off the glass. The secret ingredient in Game 3 was Jrue Holiday. He may have only finished with 18 points, but it was off 7-for-10 shooting courtesy of some considerable aggressiveness in the paint, causing plenty of problems for Cleveland’s defence.

Cleveland Cavaliers

If the Cavaliers don’t make it out of Round 2, Game 3 will be looked at as a prime example why. Apart from the result meaning they trail the series 2-1, the performance resembled Game 1’s, where not a whole lot was going on apart from what Donovan Mitchell conjured.

Mitchell was, once again, brilliant (33 points), but almost nobody else did enough to help the cause. Caris LeVert (15 points) is having a good series off the bench, but Max Strus and Isaac Okoro combined for eight points. That’s not going to work against Boston. Therein lies the issue for the Cavaliers in this best-of-seven series. How do they muster four complete team performances? They have one (Game 2), and they can probably pull off another, but how do they do that four times? This is the challenge head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is tasked with.

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