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Cavaliers vs Nets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets
- Where: Brooklyn at Barclays Center
- Date: Tuesday, March 21st
- Betting Odds BKN +3, CLE -145 | BKN +122 O/U 218.5
The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 45-28. So far, the team has gone 40-32-1 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Cleveland is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Cavaliers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Wizards by a score of 117-94. Heading into the game, they were 5 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Cleveland played well enough in the second half to prevent the Wizards from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 17 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Darius Garland, as he contributed 24 points while hitting 57.9% of his shots.
So far, the Nets have put together an overall record of 39-32, while going 37-33-1 vs the spread. The Nets head into today’s action in the midst of a 3 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -8.33.
Brooklyn is trying to bounce back from a 108-102 loss to the Nuggets. Going into this game, the team was 3 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Brooklyn got off to a slow start, trailing by 15 points going into halftime. In the loss, Mikal Bridges led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 44.4%.
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. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. 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. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Cleveland has gone 3-2 vs the spread. However, the Nets actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +5 points per game. A combined average of 227 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 73 games, Cleveland is averaging 112.2 points per game (25th). So far, the Cavaliers are averaging 95.8 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Cleveland is just 13th in shots made inside the arc.
Defensively, the Cavaliers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 105.67 points per contest (5th).
This season, the Cavaliers offense has primarily worked through Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 61 games, Mitchell is 12th in the NBA at 27.4 points per game. So far, him and Garland have accounted for 43% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 49.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Darius Garland is grabbing 2.7 rebounds for Cleveland to go along with 7.8 assists.
For the season, the Nets offensive unit is ranked just 19th in scoring at 113.4 points per contest. 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. If the Nets offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 98.1 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Defensively, Brooklyn has had its problems giving up an average of 112.12 points per game (18th).
Small-Forward Mikal Bridges currently leads the Nets at 19.2 points per game. For the season, he is 117th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.1% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Bridges is averaging 4.4 boards and 3.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 4th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Spencer Dinwiddie enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 69 games, he is averaging 17.7 and is 141st in the league in player efficiency rating.
Cavaliers vs Nets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nets +3
- Free Total Prediction: Under 218.5