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Trail Blazers vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Cleveland Cavaliers
- Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
- Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
- Betting Odds CLE -8, POR +268 | CLE -342 O/U 217.5
So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 10-7, while going 12-5-0 vs the spread. Portland will take the court having lost 3 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -5.0 in these matchups.
The Trail Blazers will be looking to bounce back from a 119-111 loss to the Bucks. In terms of betting, Portland entered as 9 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Portland was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Bucks by 8 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Anfernee Simons, as he contributed 29 points while hitting 52.2% of his shots.
So far, the Cavaliers have put together an overall record of 11-6, while going 10-6-1 vs the spread. The Cavaliers entered today’s game having picked up 3 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 16.0 points per game.
The Cavaliers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Hawks by a score of 114-102. Heading into the game, they were 3 point favorites on the spread, giving them an ATS win. Cleveland went on to win the game, as they led by 5 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Donovan Mitchell, as he contributed 29 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
The Cavaliers will look to carry over last year’s success vs Portland, as they won both games of the series. The average point total of these two meetings was 209.5, with Cleveland winning by scores of 107-104 and 104-101. Similar to their season-long average, the Trail Blazers averaged 102.5 points per game vs the Cavaliers. Just like the Trail Blazers, the Cavaliers maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 110.5 points per game vs Portland. 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 +6 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
Through 17 games, Portland is averaging 109.9 points per game (21st). So far, the Trail Blazers are averaging 97.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 17th in the league in field goal percentage 46.7%.
Currently, the Trail Blazers defense is ranked 27th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.11 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Trail Blazers offense has primarily worked through Anfernee Simons and Jerami Grant, who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 15 games, Simons is 24th in the NBA at 22.93 points per game. So far, him and Grant have accounted for 39% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 42.55 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jerami Grant is grabbing 4.69 rebounds for Portland to go along with 2.44 assists.
Through 17 games, Cleveland is the 8th best scoring team at 115.6 points per game. So far, the Cavaliers are averaging 99.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 48.4%.
Against the Trail Blazers, the Cavaliers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 5th ranked unit at 105.67 points per game.
Shooting Guard Donovan Mitchell currently leads the Cavaliers at 29.8 points per game. For the season, he is 22nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Mitchell is averaging 4.33 boards and 6.0 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 17th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Darius Garland enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 11 games, he is averaging 23.91 and is 62nd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Trail Blazers vs Cavaliers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Cavaliers -8
- Free Total Prediction: Under 217.5