NBA Betting: Cleveland vs. Brooklyn
Friday NBA betting action sees the Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn, NY. Cappers Picks provides free NBA handicapping tips all season long.
The Brooklyn Nets enter this contest dropping five of their last six games at home whereas the Cleveland Cavaliers have won five of their last six on the road and four straight overall.
NBA Basketball Odds
Cleveland Cavaliers (47-26) vs. Brooklyn Nets (30-40)
Friday, March 27
7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center/Brooklyn, NY
NBA Betting Odds: CLE -8.5
NBA O/U Odds: 206.5
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Kyrie Irving and company are coming off a huge blowout victory in Memphis on Wednesday, 111-89. The Cavaliers are an NBA-best 28-6 over the last 34 games, beating their opponents by an average of 17.0 points per game.
Irving is averaging 27.9 points per game during the month of March and has scored at least 20 in the Cavaliers last eight road games.
Tonight will be the fourth and final matchup of the season for these two teams, the Cavaliers have taken all three games so far. The reason for the Cavaliers success as of late has been their defense. Against Brooklyn, Cleveland is only surrendering 90.3 points per game and winning the three games by an average margin of 20.0 points.
However, the big three for the Cavaliers has not beat up the Nets too bad. The Nets have held LeBron, Kyrie, and Love all under 42 percent shooting, but are allowing the bench to score 42.3 points per game on 56.7 percent shooting.
As of today, the Nets sit a half game behind the Boston Celtics for the last seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Brooklyn will start a three-game homestand tonight and will play nine of their last twelve games at home.
On Wednesday, the Nets beat the Charlotte Hornets 91-88 thanks to a big performance from Brook Lopez. Lopez had 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds on 16 of 26 shooting. If the Nets want to have a chance to beat the Cavaliers he must have a big game tonight.
The Nets are averaging 97.2 points per game this year which is good for 23rd overall in the league.
Brooklyn must also get contributions from point guard Deron Williams, on the offensive and defensive end. Williams has the ability to be a great scorer, but must also force Kyrie Irving to take tough shots.
The Nets will be without forward Thaddeus Young because of a sprained knee and it is unsure when he will return to the lineup.
NBA Handicapping Tips:
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Nets are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games playing on 1 days rest.
- Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
- Nets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing their opponent to score 100 or more in the previous game.
NBA Gambling Prediction
The Cavaliers have been rolling in the second half of the season and show no signs of stopping. This is a bad matchup for the Brooklyn Nets, who have a better record on the road than they do at home this year. Look for the Cavaliers bench to put up big numbers again and for the starters to sit out most of the fourth quarter. As long as Cavalier center Timofey Mozgov can stay out of foul trouble and contain Brook Lopez the Cavaliers should easily win this game by double digits.
Free 4* NBA Betting Pick: CLE -8.5
Expect the Cavaliers to continue their streak on the road and roll over the Brooklyn Nets.
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