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Cavaliers vs Trail Blazers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Portland Trail Blazers
- Where: Portland at Moda Center
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds POR +2.5, CLE -141 | POR +117 O/U 223.5
The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-16. So far, the team has gone 22-19-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Cleveland has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
In their previous game, the Cavaliers were favored to win vs the Jazz. However, their 116-114 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. In the game, Cleveland entered the 2nd half all knotted up at 55. In the loss, Donovan Mitchell led the team in scoring with 46 points on a field goal percentage of 51.9%.
The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 19-21. So far, the team has gone 22-18-0 against the spread. The Trail Blazers head into today’s action in the midst of a 4 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -7.75.
The Trail Blazers are coming off a dissappointing 109-106 loss to the Magic. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 9 points. In the game, Portland entered the 2nd half all knotted up at 50. In the loss, Damian Lillard led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 48.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Cavaliers averaged 110.5 points per game vs the Trail Blazers. Just like the Cavaliers, the Trail Blazers maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 102.5 points per game vs Cleveland. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Cleveland has gone 3-2 vs the spread. However, the Trail Blazers actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +4 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 224 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Cleveland offense is ranked 26th in the NBA in scoring at 111.5 points per game. 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 Cleveland continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 30th in the league in possessions per game.
So far, the Cavaliers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 5th in the league at 105.67 points per contest.
On offense, Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavaliers in scoring at 29.3 points per game, placing him 8th in the NBA. Overall, Mitchell has hit 48.9% of his shots while accounting for 24.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 15th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 21.4 points per game, Darius Garland is the 2nd leading scorer for the Cavaliers. For the season, he is 84th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.9%.
The Trail Blazers come into today’s game as the 23rd ranked scoring offense at 112.0 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.6 per contest. 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, Portland is just 22nd in shots made inside the arc.
Defensively, Portland has had its problems giving up an average of 115.11 points per game (27th).
Shooting Guard Anfernee Simons currently leads the Trail Blazers at 22.2 points per game. For the season, he is 62nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 21.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Simons is averaging 2.9 boards and 4.0 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Jerami Grant enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 38 games, he is averaging 21.9 and is 90th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Cavaliers vs Trail Blazers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers +2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 223.5