In this battle between two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Eastern Conference table, the fourth Philadelphia 76ers (42-25), are hosting the second-worse Cleveland Cavaliers (17-50), with both teams coming off single victories that ended their previous small losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 03-12-2019, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -14
Philadelphia 76ers have a 42-25 record (32-35 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Pacers with a 106-89 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.4 ppg, adding a team high 13.5 boards per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 20.5 ppg and 8 boards per game.
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 17-50 record (31-35-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Raptors with a 126-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 18.6 ppg, adding a team high 11.4 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 (Sixers by 23 points and Cavaliers by 9). Sixers have a 26-9 home record, while the Cavaliers are 6-26 on the road. Sixers are better both offensively, scoring 114.9 ppg to Cavs’ 104.1 ppg and defensively, allowing 111.7 ppg to Cavs’ 113.3. Sixers have a better field goal percentage (47.1% to 44.1%), while Cavs have a better 3-point percentage (36.1% to 35.8%). Sixers are better both in boards grabbed (47.2 to 42.8) and in dimes made (27.1 to 21.1), while Cavs are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 15.1). Sixers are the absolute favorite for the win but Vegas odds give them a -14 spread and don’t expect them to beat the odds as the Cavaliers will force a closer game than that.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers +14 (-109)
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