Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/28/14
Cleveland Cavaliers (29-44) at Brooklyn Nets (37-33)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers invade the new Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight.
The Nets have fallen from four straight wins with a couple of losses on the trot, both coming in overtime. On Wednesday, Deron Williams scored 18 points in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 29 points while Joe Johnson added 18 points, but there was just no stopping Al Jefferson who dominated the paint with 35 points on 15 of 27 shooting. The Nets just weren't locked in defensively and the Bobcats punished them with 50 percent shooting from the field and 15 offensive rebounds, but this was a third straight overtime game in four nights for the Nets, so fatigue surely played a factor.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have suddenly bounced back from four straight losses with three wins on the trot, all by six points or less. On Wednesday, Jarrett Jack scored 17 points while Dion Waiters added 18 points and nailed the game-winner as the Cavaliers overcame a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Pistons by 97-96. With Kyrie Irving still out with the bicep injury, Cleveland's bench stepped up big and outscored Detroit's by 45-17 led by Matthew Dellavedova who scored a team-high 21 points.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Nets are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Cavs are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Brooklyn and the Road team is 15-5 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall.
The Cavs have suddenly hit form out of nowhere so while I think the Nets should win at home, I'm taking the Cavs with the points because I think this game could be closer than it should be.