Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics NBA Picks & Predictions 5/15/2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics lead the series 1-0 after a 108-83 win in Game 1. The opening line for this matchup has Boston as 1.5 point favorites.
The Cavaliers had a regular season record of 50-32. They were 1st in the Central Division. They currently had a point differential of 1.0 as they averaged 110.9 points per game while giving up 109.9 per contest. The Celtics had an overall record of 55-27 during the regular season. They finished the campaign 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They averaged 104.0 points per game and surrendered 100.4, good for a point differential of 3.6.
Valuable Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 36-56-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 46-47-0 against the over/under
Important Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 58-33-4 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 50-44-0 against the over/under
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
10/17/17 SF Gordon Hayward Ankle is out indefinitely
05/09/18 G Shane Larkin Shoulder is out indefinitely
04/05/18 G Kyrie Irving Knee is out for season
03/12/18 F Daniel Theis Knee is out for season
Rodney Hood comes into this contest averaging 14.7 points per game while playing 26.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 2.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 86%. LeBron James averages 27.5 points per game in 36.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 9.1 assists per contest and 8.6 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 54% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%.
Jayson Tatum averages 13.9 points per game while playing 30.5 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 5 rebounds per game and has 1.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Terry Rozier averages 11.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 25.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.7 rebounds per contest and 2.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 77%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 110.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.94 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 4th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 6th in the league. They average 42.1 rebounds per game and 23.4 assists per game, which ranks them 23rd and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 13.7 per game. The Cavaliers allow 109.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 28th and 20th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.6 rebounds a game which ranks 17th and they give up 25.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston is 20th in the league with 104 points per game this year. They are 21st in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 3.59. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 2nd in the NBA. They are 7th in the league in rebounding with 44.5 boards per game, and 20th in assists per contest with 22.5. The Celtics are 16th in turnovers per game with 14. The Celtics surrender 100.4 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 2nd and 1st in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 21.3 assists allowed per contest and 21st with 43.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Celtics are 10th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.1 per game this season.
The Cavaliers are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 111.9, and their offensive rating of 112.9 is ranked 2nd. They are 12th in the NBA in pace with 98 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 3rd. As a unit they are 3rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the NBA. Cleveland is 21st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 3rd in the NBA.
Boston is 16th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 29th in the NBA. The Celtics are 18th in the league in defensive rating with 103.9, and their offensive rating of 107.6 is ranked 29th. They are 22nd in the NBA in pace with 96 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 15th. As a unit they are 14th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 8th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland +1.5
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