In this all-Eastern showdown, two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the conference are clashing, when the Brooklyn Nets (33-33), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-48), who are playing better lately and have lost once in their last three games.
Date/Time: 03-06-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Brooklyn Nets -8.5
Brooklyn Nets have a 33-33 record (36-30 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Pistons in the 6th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at home against the Mavericks with a 127-88 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by D’Angelo Russell with 20.4 ppg, adding a team high 6.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Spencer Dinwiddie with 17 ppg and 5 dimes per game.
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 16-48 record (29-34-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Magic with a 107-93 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 18.4 ppg, adding 11 boards per game. He is followed by Jordan Clarkson with 17 ppg and 3.4 boards off the bench.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once on the road (Nets by 9 points in overtime and Cavaliers by two). Nets have a 19-16 home record, while the Cavs are 6-24 on the road. Nets are better both offensively, scoring 111.9 ppg to Cavs’ 103.6 ppg and defensively, allowing 112.4 ppg to Cavs’ 113.3. They also have a better field goal percentage (45.1% to 44.1%), while Cavaliers have a better 3-point percentage (35.6% to 35.3%). Nets are better both in dimes made (24 to 20.9) and in boards grabbed (45.8 to 42.8), while Cavaliers are only better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 14.4). Nets are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -8.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction: Brooklyn Nets -8.5 (-111)
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