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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 2: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The second round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs finally tipped off for the favorites to win it all - the Boston Celtics - as they hosted and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

They’ll look to take a 2-0 series lead with tonight’s game in TD Garden before heading to Cleveland over the weekend.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 betting picks and predictions

Celtics to win 1st Half (-450)

As expected, the Celtics took care of business in convincing fashion on Tuesday night, winning their fourth game by 20+ points this postseason alone.

Their 25-point victory also made it four straight games having a lead by at least 25 points at some point in the game, illustrating why they’re the favorites to win it all.

Although it wasn’t a complete sweep of the Miami Heat in the first round, it certainly wasn’t as tough of a road as the Cavs had to deal with, as they went the full seven games against the Orlando Magic. The extra rest should only continue to help Boston.

The Celtics are even heavier favorites for Game 2, and while they’re average margin of victory this postseason is over 17 points per game, we’re still not inclined to target such a large point spread of 13.5 points. Instead, we’re going to isolate the first half of the game.

That is where Boston has been their best this season, covering the first half spread over 63% of the time. Keep in mind that they are also significant margins on the spread, so doing so at the best rate in the NBA is even more impressive.

As you’d expect, they had no trouble doing so on Tuesday night, leading Game 1 by 10 at the half.

It’s also worth noting that they scored 40 in the first quarter alone, their third such quarter this postseason. On top of all that, in the last two regular season matchups between these teams this year, Boston led by 10 and 11 points at the half. 

Jayson Tatum Over 26.5 points (-115)

One of the primary reasons for Boston’s early-game success, and their overall success, is superstar Jayson Tatum. It looks like he could lead the Celtics over the hump and get them back to holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

It may not be the most outside-the-box approach to his prop markets, but this is a value that is generally closer to 30 points or more. It’s facing the Cavs strong defense that has lowered his points total, but it’s not something that scares us.

We saw his partner in crime - Jaylen Brown - score 32 points in Game 1, including 20 points in the first half alone. The two generally seem to take turns being the ones to put on a show, so Game 2 looks set to be Tatum’s turn.

After all, it’s not as if he had a poor Game 1 performance. He still had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and with Boston having a commanding lead from the opening tip, Tatum didn’t need to light up the scoreboard.

It also doesn’t hurt that Tatum averaged 26 points per game against the Cavs in the regular season, and with heightened expectations in the playoffs, we anticipate even more from Boston’s superstar.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 odds

Cleveland Cavaliers

+625 ML

Boston Celtics

-950 ML

Spread

BOS Celtics -13.5

Total Points

O/U 213.5

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 player props

Player Points

Donovan Mitchell

O/U 29.5 (-115 / -115)

Jayson Tatum

O/U 26.5 (-115 / -115)

Jaylen Brown

O/U 25.5 (-115 / -115)

Derrick White

O/U 17.5 (-115 / -115)

Darius Garland

O/U 15.5 (-110 / -120)

Jrue Holiday

O/U 12.5 (-120 / -110)

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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