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Nets vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • Date: Monday, December 26th
  • Betting Odds CLE -2, BKN +109 | CLE -133 O/U 220.0

So far, the Nets have put together an overall record of 21-12, while going 16-16-1 vs the spread. In today’s game, Brooklyn will look to extend their 8 game winning streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of 9.88.

The Nets will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Bucks by a score of 118-100. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Brooklyn played well enough in the second half to prevent the Bucks from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 13 going into halftime. In the win, Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 52.9%.

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The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-12. So far, the team has gone 19-14-1 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.

In their previous game, the Cavaliers were favored to win vs the Raptors. However, their 118-107 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. In the loss, Cleveland got off to a slow start, trailing by 16 points going into halftime. In the loss, Darius Garland led the team in scoring with 17 points on a field goal percentage of 46.2%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In last year’s regular season games with the Cavaliers as the home team, Cleveland and Brooklyn played to a split. However, the Nets won the overall season series 3-1. Similar to their season-long average, the Nets averaged 112.75 points per game vs the Cavaliers. Similar to the Nets, the Cavaliers scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Brooklyn, the team averaged 108.0 points per game. When looking at how these teams have performed vs the spread in recent matchups, the Cavaliers have an ATS mark of 3-2. Yet, the Nets have averaged more points per game in these contests, at 113 compared to Cleveland at 113. In these contests, they averaged a combined 221 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 33 games, the Nets are averaging 114.1 points per contest, placing them 15th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Nets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.0 made 3’s per game. If the Brooklyn offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.0 turnovers per game.

On defense, the Nets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 18th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

This season, the Nets offense has primarily worked through Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 32 games, Durant is 7th in the NBA at 29.9 points per game. So far, him and Irving have accounted for 46% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 55.7 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Kyrie Irving is grabbing 5.0 rebounds for Brooklyn to go along with 4.6 assists.

For the season, the Cavaliers offensive unit is ranked just 24th in scoring at 110.9 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Cavaliers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 96.5 per contest. Even though the Cavaliers are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 36.7%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.

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 28.9 points per game, placing him 8th in the NBA. Overall, Mitchell has hit 49.6% of his shots while accounting for 24.1% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 22nd in points allowed to shooting guards. At 20.6 points per game, Darius Garland is the 2nd leading scorer for the Cavaliers. For the season, he is 105th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 43.3%.

Nets vs Cavaliers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Cavaliers -2
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 220.0

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