Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 4 Best Bet: Cleveland’s Shot-Making Will Improve

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Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after scoring a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter in Game Three. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

The top sportsbooks have released their NBA odds for Game 4 between the Celtics and Cavaliers. For your best bets, I recommend investing in the Cavaliers.

NBA Best Bet: Cavaliers +8 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Monday, May 13, 2024 – 08:00 PM ET at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Game of Adjustments 

We saw in Cleveland’s series against Orlando that the Cavaliers are, especially at home, good at making adjustments. The key will be to get Donovan Mitchell‘s teammates more involved in the offense.

Mitchell continues to thrive against Boston’s defense, but he can’t do it all alone. As it was done against Orlando’s tougher and overall stronger defense, Mitchell’s supporting cast will step up in Game 4.

Max Strus, for example, has shot the ball well at home. Darius Garland should likewise improve, as he shot the ball well in Game 2 at Boston.

Overall, Cleveland’s three-point shooting is much better at home than on the road.

It’s also not entirely a matter of making adjustments to get these guys more involved as it is one of executing: Mitchell already helped them get good looks from deep – the Cavaliers have gotten a high quantity of good looks throughout this series – but they underachieved in their shot-making.

Secret Weapon 

Cleveland’s secret weapon in Game 4 will be an inside scorer. Evan Mobley is a reliable scorer inside against a Boston team missing its top rim protector. But Dean Wade should also be effective.

Wade shook off rust in his return to action in Game 3, so now he’ll be ready to replicate his March 5 23-point output against a Boston defense that had its best rim protector.

Cleveland’s Defense 

Anchored by a strong rim protector in Mobley, to whom Cleveland’s perimeter defenders gladly funnel opposing ball-handlers, Cleveland’s defense will do well again in Game 4.

The Cavaliers held Boston to 106 points despite their offensive struggles – bad offense often bleeds into bad defense.

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Based on what they usually do, Boston can’t be expected to shoot better in Game 4 or to get more points out of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown than it did in Game 3.

Jrue Holiday also played well beyond himself in Game 3, in contrast to Mitchell’s supporting cast, which is so odd because supporting casts tend to be stronger on their home floor.

NBA Best Bet: Cavaliers +8 (-110) at BetOnline

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