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Cleveland Cavaliers 2024 NBA Playoffs Betting

Cleveland Cavaliers 2024 NBA Championship Odds

It took the full seven games, but the Cleveland Cavaliers got past the Orlando Magic in a hard-fought first round series. Now, the Cavaliers will step way up in class for the second round. Cleveland faces the Boston Celtics, the best team in the NBA. Cleveland faces long odds in the eyes of gamblers and the basketball community. But Boston enters the series without the services of Kristaps Porzingis, who is out indefinitely with a calf injury. The absence of Porzingis might even things out a bit for Cleveland, but Boston will be tough to beat.

2024 NBA Championship Betting Odds

Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Lines

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 48-34 straight up, 38-44 against the spread, and 40-41-1 over/under the total. Late on, Cleveland has covered three out of their last ten games. While the Cavaliers have gone over the total in three of its previous four matchups. Cleveland is 4th in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Cleveland is 16 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Cleveland has NBA metrics of 20th for scoring offense, 12th for field goal percentage, 15th for 3-point field goal percentage, 22nd for free throw percentage, and 17th for offensive rebounding. On defense, the Cavaliers have NBA metrics of 7th for scoring defense, 6th for field goal percentage permitted, 21st for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 10th for defensive rebounding.

The Cavaliers will face the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. The best of seven series opens on Tuesday, May 7.

Cleveland Cavaliers Key Players

SG Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavs with 26.6 points and 6.1 assists per game. Mitchell is a 5-time NBA All-Star. In the playoffs, Mitchell has a career average of 27.8 points per game.

C Jarrett Allen adds 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Allen was a 2022 NBA All-Star.

So far in the playoffs SG Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavs with 27.0 points per game. C Jarrett Allen adds 17.0 points and 13.8 rebounds per contest.

Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach

JB Bickerstaff was a career NBA assistant for several teams before landing with the Cavaliers in 2019-20. Previously, he was also an interim head coach of the Houston Rockets. Bickerstaff has a career record of 255-290 in the regular season and 2-8 in the playoffs.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 6)

2023-24 82 48 34 2nd, Central TBD
2022–23 82 51 31 2nd, Central Lost in First Round, 4–1 (Knicks)
2021–22 82 44 38 3rd, Central Did not qualify
2020–21 72 22 50 4th, Central Did not qualify
2019–20 65 19 46 5th, Central Did not qualify
2018–19 82 19 63 5th, Central Did not qualify
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Cleveland Cavaliers History

The Cleveland Cavaliers were born as an NBA expansion franchise in 1970-71 and struggled to keep the attention of local fans until the late 1980s, when they emerged as a quality team under coach Lenny Wilkens. The Cavs developed the reputation of being good but not quite great and somewhat snakebit from that point. The iconic image of Michael Jordan killing them off with the game-winning shot in a playoff series summed up what the Cavaliers were all about in those days.

However, the arrival of local phenom LeBron James in 2003 changed all that. James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals appearance in 2007, and the team posted a franchise-best record of 66-16 during the 2008-09 season. They were a contender for five years, but the lack of a quality supporting class led to James leaving for Miami after the 2010 season. Cleveland went from 61-21 to 19-63 the following year, yet that bottoming out allowed the Cavaliers to draft Kyrie Irving and build a supporting cast for James to return to after four years in Miami.

James turned Cleveland into Believeland upon his return to the Cavaliers. The franchise had its most successful run in history with James and Irving leading the way, making it to the NBA Finals four straight times. Cleveland knocked off the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals to give the city its first major sports title in decades, leading to widespread joy in the streets.

Once again, James left Cleveland for another team following the 2017-18 season. Kyrie Irving moved on from the Cavaliers too at that point, leading to the franchise bottoming out once more. That put the Cavaliers back in the lottery, and they built the team through the NBA Draft once again by taking Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro, and Evan Mobley over the last five years.

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