Check out our free Cavaliers vs Suns pick and preview for this NBA game in Phoenix. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Cavaliers vs Suns NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Phoenix Suns
  • Where: Phoenix at Footprint Center
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds PHO +4.5, CLE -194 | PHO +159 O/U 216.0

The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-15. So far, the team has gone 21-18-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Cleveland has an overall record of 2-1, including going 1-2 against the spread.

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Not only did the Cavaliers drop their last game to the Nuggets. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 121-108 as 5 point underdogs. Cleveland was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Nuggets by 13 going into halftime. In the loss, Caris LeVert led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 61.5%.

The Suns come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-20. So far, the team has gone 19-19-2 against the spread. The Suns head into today’s action in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -12.6.

In their previous game, the Suns were favored to win vs the Heat. However, their 104-96 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Phoenix was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Heat by 8 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Deandre Ayton, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Cavaliers averaged 103.5 points per game vs the Suns. Just like the Cavaliers, the Suns maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 110.5 points per game vs Cleveland. The Suns have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 7 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 3-2. Combined, they averaged 217 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 40 games, the Cavaliers are averaging 111.5 points per contest, placing them 25th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. If the Cleveland offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 12th in fewest turnovers per game.

So far, the Cavaliers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 5th in the league at 105.67 points per contest.

Before getting in a bet on today’s game, be sure to check the injury reports as Donovan Mitchell has already been ruled out for the Cavaliers. However, the key name to watch is Darius Garland, as he is currently questionable. If he is unable to play, Cleveland will be without its top two scorers, as Mitchell is averaging 29.0 points per contest and Garland at 21.4. If Darius Garland can give it a go, he will matched up against a Phoenix defense ranked 14th in fewest points allowed to point-guards.

Through 40 games, the Suns are averaging 113.1 points per contest, placing them 16th in the NBA. The Suns come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.9 made 3’s per game. If the Suns offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.2 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.

Against the Cavaliers, the Suns will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 9th ranked unit at 107.33 points per game.

Phoenix will be counting Deandre Ayton to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Cleveland, as Devin Booker has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Booker leads the team in scoring at 27.1 points per game. Ayton is 2nd on the team at 17.6 points per contest, which sits 69.0th in the NBA. In his 36 games, he has hit 60.0% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 9.8 rebounds per game.

Cavaliers vs Suns Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Suns +4.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 216.0

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