NBA Playoffs | How to watch Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 5

The Boston Celtics currently have a commanding 3-1 lead after sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in games 3 and 4 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

BOSTON — The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the brink of being eliminated from the 2024 NBA Playoffs. 

After sweeping games 3 and 4 from the Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the Boston Celtics come into Game 5 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals series with a commanding 3-1 lead. 

For the Cavaliers, they are continuing to struggle with injuries to two of their best players — Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen — stacking the odds against the Wine and Gold tonight. 

Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 5 info, how to watch on TV, betting line:

  • Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV channel: TNT/truTV
  • Radio: WTAM/WNZN
  • Betting line: Celtics -14.5 / Cavaliers +14.5
  • Over-under point total: 205

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics series schedule

  • Game 1: Celtics beat Cavaliers 120-95, Tuesday, May 7 
  • Game 2: Cavaliers beat Celtics 118-94, Thursday, May 9 
  • Game 3: Celtics beat Cavaliers 106-93 Saturday, May 11 
  • Game 4: Celtics beat Cavaliers 109-102 Monday, May 13
  • Game 5: Cavaliers at Celtics, Wednesday, May 15 (7 ET, TNT)
  • Game 6: Celtics at Cavaliers, Friday, May 17 (8:30 ET, ESPN) If necessary
  • Game 7: Cavaliers at Celtics, Sunday, May 19 (TBD, TBD) If necessary

Game 5 preview 

It’s do-or-die for the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight as their 2023-24 NBA season is on the line. The series has returned to Boston, where the top-seeded Celtics have homecourt advantage as they look to close out the best-of-seven series against the Wine and Gold. 

You have to give the Cavaliers credit for hanging with the Celtics in most of Game 4 as the team was without Allen and Mitchell. In their absence, other players rose to the occasion — including Darius Garland who dropped a team-high 30 points in the team’s loss.

If the Cavaliers want their season to continue, they will have to overcome a lot of adversity tonight. 

According to Shams Charania and Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Mitchell will miss his second straight game due to a calf strain that he suffered late in Game 3 on Saturday night in Cleveland. Jarrett Allen will also be out again with bruised ribs, and Caris LeVert now joins them on the injured list with a left knee bone bruise.

If the Celtics win, they will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and face the winner of the New York Knicks/Indiana Pacers series. If the Cavaliers win, the series will return to Cleveland for Game 6 on Friday, May 17, at 8:30 p.m. 

If the Cavaliers lose tonight, questions will start to swirl: Will Mitchell be back? Will head coach J.B. Bickerstaff be back? Only time will tell for the future of next season’s 2024-25 Cavaliers’ team. 


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