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Cavaliers vs Nets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets
- Where: Brooklyn at Barclays Center
- Date: Thursday, March 23rd
- Betting Odds BKN +4, CLE -175 | BKN +144 O/U 218.5
So far, the Cavaliers have put together an overall record of 46-28, while going 41-32-1 vs the spread. Cleveland has posted an average scoring differential of 14.5 points per game across their currrent 2 game win streak.
In their previous game, the Cavaliers took down the Nets by a score of 115-109. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 3 point favorites. In the game, Cleveland was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Nets by 6 going into the second half. In the win, Donovan Mitchell led the team in scoring with 31 points on a field goal percentage of 45.5%.
So far, the Nets have put together an overall record of 39-33, while going 37-34-1 vs the spread. Against the Cavaliers, the Nets are looking to break out of a 4 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -7.75 points per contest.
Brooklyn is trying to bounce back from a 115-109 loss to the Cavaliers. Going into this game, the team was 3 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Brooklyn was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 6. In the loss, Day’Ron Sharpe led the team in scoring with 20 points on a field goal percentage of 66.7%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Nets picked up the win 125-117 win over the Cavaliers. Heading into the game, Brooklyn was the 2.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. So far, the two team’s have split their season series, with each team at 1-1. Similar to their season-long average, the Cavaliers averaged 108.0 points per game vs the Nets. Similar to the Cavaliers, the Nets scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Cleveland, the team averaged 112.75 points per game. Through the last 5 matchups between the teams, Cleveland has an ATS mark of 3-2. But, looking at the scoring margin in these games, an average of just 2 points per game separates the teams. Cleveland and Brooklyn averaged a combined 226 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 74 games, the Cavaliers are averaging 112.2 points per contest, placing them 24th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Cavaliers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 95.8 per contest. Although the Cavaliers have a current effective field goal percentage of 55.6%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.
Against the Nets, the Cavaliers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 5th ranked unit at 105.67 points per game.
On offense, Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavaliers in scoring at 27.4 points per game, placing him 11th in the NBA. Overall, Mitchell has hit 47.7% of his shots while accounting for 23.9% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 14th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 21.9 points per game, Darius Garland is the 2nd leading scorer for the Cavaliers. For the season, he is 67th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 47.1%.
This season, the Brooklyn offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 113.3 points per game. The Nets come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.8 made 3’s per game. Brooklyn is a strong candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only are they a good outside shooting unit, but they do a good job taking care of the ball, ranking 11th in fewest turnovers per game.
Defensively, Brooklyn has had its problems giving up an average of 112.12 points per game (18th).
On offense, Mikal Bridges leads the Nets in scoring at 19.1 points per game, placing him 60th in the NBA. Overall, Bridges has hit 47.1% of his shots while accounting for 17.2% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 4th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 17.7 points per game, Spencer Dinwiddie is the 2nd leading scorer for the Nets. For the season, he is 141st in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.4%.
Cavaliers vs Nets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nets +4
- Free Total Prediction: Over 218.5