Check out our free Rockets 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.

Rockets vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • Date: Sunday, March 26th
  • Betting Odds CLE -13.5, HOU +648 | CLE -993 O/U 223.0

The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-56. So far, the team has gone 29-43-2 against the spread. The Rockets head into today’s action in the midst of a 4 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -16.25.

Houston is trying to bounce back from a 151-114 loss to the Grizzlies. Going into this game, the team was 12 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the defeat, Houston did not outscore the Grizzlies in a single quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Tari Eason, as he contributed 21 points while hitting 69.2% of his shots.

The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 47-28. So far, the team has gone 41-33-1 against the spread. The Cavaliers entered today’s game having picked up 3 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 10.33 points per game.

Cleveland is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Nets. Going into the game, they were 4 point favorites against the spread. Their 116-114 victory was not enough to cover. Cleveland needed a strong 4th quarter effort in this game, as Nets held a 6 point lead heading into the 4th. Leading the team in scoring was Donovan Mitchell, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 45.8% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Cavaliers picked up the 113-95 win over the Rockets. The Cavaliers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 8.0 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Last year, the Rockets saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Cavaliers, averaging 102.0 points per game. As for Houston, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 114.0 points per contest against the Cavaliers. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Cavaliers. In these matchups, Cleveland has averaged 110 points per game, while allowing 97. Houston and Cleveland averaged a combined 207 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

This season, the Houston offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 110.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.6 made 3’s per game. If Houston continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 18th in the league in possessions per game.

On defense, the Rockets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 30th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

Shooting Guard Jalen Green currently leads the Rockets at 21.9 points per game. For the season, he is 34th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Green is averaging 3.9 boards and 3.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Alperen Sengün enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 67 games, he is averaging 14.7 and is 68th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Through 75 games, the Cavaliers are averaging 112.2 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 11.5 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 6th 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.

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 63 games, Mitchell is 11th in the NBA at 27.5 points per game. So far, him and Garland have accounted for 43% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 49.2 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.

Rockets vs Cavaliers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Rockets +13.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 223.0