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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/7/14

Philadelphia 76ers (12-22) at Cleveland Cavaliers (11-23)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia 76ers head to Cleveland tonight to face the Cavs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 11-23 on the season, but are above the .500 mark at home this year, going 9-8 on their home floor.  The Cavs are currently in fourth place in the Central division, trailing the Indiana Pacers b y 16.5 games as of now.  The Cavs have struggled lately, going just 1-4 in their last five games, and dropping back to back games heading into Tuesday’s meeting with the Sixers.  Last time out, the Cavs fell to the division leading Pacers 82-78 on Sunday.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/7/14

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The Philadelphia 76ers head to Cleveland on Tuesday with a record of 12-22 and a road record of 5-13 this season.  The Sixers have been playing well as of late, winning four out of their last five, with their lone loss in that stretch coming on Monday night, when the Sixers fell to the Timberwolves 126-95 in Philly.  The 76ers are strong offensively, putting up 103 points per game on average, but the defense has been horrific this season, ranking 30th in the league, allowing 111.1 points per game on average.

The Sixers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games after allowing triple digits the outing before, and the Sixers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games.  The Sixers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall.

The Cavs are 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, and the Cavs are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following an outright loss.  The Cavs are also 5-1 against the spread in their last six games on Tuesday nights.

I’m not sure if we will see Deng making his Cavs debut tonight or not, but it shouldn’t matter.  I am expecting Irving to play here tonight, and with the added boost the Cavs will have with Deng on the roster I expect the Cavs to play well.  The Sixers and their offense will hang around, but look for Cleveland to pull away late, getting the win and cover here on Tuesday.

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Cleveland -4.5

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