In this all-Eastern showdown, two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the conference are clashing, when the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-45), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Brooklyn Nets (29-29), who on the other hand have won only once in their last 6 games.
Date/Time: 02-13-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 12-45 record (25-31-1 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 four-game losing streak by winning at home against the Knicks with a 107-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jordan Clarkson with 16.8 ppg and 3.4 boards off the bench. He is followed by Kevin Love with 15.7 ppg and 10.7 boards per game.
Brooklyn Nets have a 29-29 record (32-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the East. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Raptors with a 125-127 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by D’Angelo Russell with 20 ppg, adding a team high 6.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Caris LeVert with 17.1 ppg, 3.9 boards and 3.8 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once on the road (Cavaliers by 2 points and Nets by 16). Cavaliers have a 7-21 home record, while the Nets are 12-16 on the road. Nets are better both offensively, scoring 111.7 ppg to Cavs’ 102.3 ppg and defensively, allowing 112.3 ppg to Cavs’ 112.9. They also have better percentages both in field goals (45.1% to 44%) and in 3-pointers (35.7% to 35.2%). Nets are better both in dimes made (23.9 to 20.4) and in boards grabbed (45.8 to 42.5), while Cavaliers are only better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 14.5). Vegas odds give the Nets a -6.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as they have been struggling lately and Cavaliers will definitely force a closer game at home.
Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5 (-112)
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