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

Pelicans vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • Date: Monday, January 16th
  • Betting Odds CLE -6.5, NO +213 | CLE -262 O/U 222.0

So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 26-17, while going 22-21-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.

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In their previous game, the Pelicans took down the Pistons by a score of 116-110. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 5 point favorites. In the game, New Orleans was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Pistons by 9 going into the second half. Leading the team in scoring was Jonas Valanciunas, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 80.0% of his shots.

The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 27-17. So far, the team has gone 23-20-1 against the spread. Looking back on Cavaliers’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 1-2 while averaging 111 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 1-2.

The Cavaliers are coming off a dissappointing 110-102 loss to the Timberwolves. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 4 points. Cleveland went on to lose the game despite leading by 5 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jarrett Allen, as he contributed 19 points while hitting 80.0% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In last season’s head-to-head matchups, the teams split the season series. In these games, each team won on their home floor. Last year, the Pelicans saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Cavaliers, averaging 99.0 points per game. Like the Pelicans, the Cavaliers scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 98.5 points per game vs New Orleans. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Pelicans have averaged 109 points per game compared to 98 for Cleveland. This has led to an ATS record of 3-2 for New Orleans. New Orleans and Cleveland averaged a combined 207 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Pelicans come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 117.3 points per game (4th). Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.2 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, New Orleans remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 20.5 made free-throws per game.

On defense, the Pelicans will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 13th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Pelicans 2nd leading scorer, Zion Williamson. In his 29 games, Williamson is averaging 26.0 points per game while dishing out 4.6 assists and grabbing 7.0 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of CJ McCollum, who leads the team and is 39th in the NBA at 21.2 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 43.5% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.7% of the team’s shots from the floor.

Through 44 games, the Cavaliers are averaging 111.5 points per contest, placing them 26th in the NBA. So far, the Cavaliers are averaging 96.4 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 15th in shots made inside the arc.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Cavaliers are giving up an average of 105.67 points per game, good for 5th in the NBA.

Shooting Guard Donovan Mitchell currently leads the Cavaliers at 28.8 points per game. For the season, he is 11th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Mitchell is averaging 3.9 boards and 4.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 14th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Darius Garland enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 35 games, he is averaging 21.1 and is 88th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Pelicans vs Cavaliers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Cavaliers -6.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 222.0

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