Two teams from opposing conferences but both sitting within the playoff spots are clashing tonight, when the Los Angeles Clippers (34-29), looking to return to the winning ways and hold the 8th spot of the West, are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers (38-26), who want to extend their current winning streak and secure the third place of the East. Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Clippers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-09-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -1
Clippers have a 34-29 record (35-27-1 against the spread) so far this season and have risen in the 8th place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Pelicans with a 116-121 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring Lou Williams with 23.2 ppg, adding a team high 5.5 assists per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 19.6 ppg and 7.1 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari adds 15.9 ppg.
Cavaliers have a 38-26 record (21-42-1 against the spread) so far this season. And Cleveland currently sits in the third overall spot of the Eastern Conference. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Nuggets with a 113-108 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27 ppg. The future Hall of Famer adds 8.4 rebounds and a team high 9 assists per game. He is followed by Kevin Love with 17.9 ppg and a team high 9.4 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Cavaliers won at home in overtime with a 118-113 score. Clippers are 18-14 at home so far this season. The Cavaliers are 16-15 on the road. Cavaliers are better offensively, scoring 110.1 ppg to Clippers’ 109.2, while Clippers are better defensively, allowing 108.2 ppg to Cavaliers’ 109.7. Cavs have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.51% to Clippers’ 49.94% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.67% to Clippers’ 35.12%. They are also better in assists made, with 23.6 to Clippers’ 22.4. while Clippers are better in rebounding, grabbing 43.9 to Cavs’ 42.1. Cavaliers have been playing better lately seem like they slight favorite for the win. Vegas odds give the Clippers a -1 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick Cavs for the road victory tonight.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers +1 (-109)
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