Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets - 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 -8.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets return from a three-game road trip and will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. This is the third of four scheduled meetings this season, and the series is currently split.
The Cavaliers have won three straight games and still have an outside shot of making the playoffs in the East. On the season, the Cavs average 97.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allow 101.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Keep in mind the Cavaliers are winning these games without star point guard Kyrie Irving, who is out with an injured bicep. Dion Waiters has stepped up in Irving’s absence, as he’s averaging 24 points on 48 percent shooting in his last five games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 36-37 ATS overall and 16-21 ATS on the road.
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The Nets are happy to return home after losing two straight road games to the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Bobcats. On the season, the Nets average 98.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allow 99.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. The Nets have to get back to their defensive ways, as they are 5-2 SU in their last seven games when allowing 100-plus points. Offensively, Deron Williams has scored 23 or more points in three of his last five games and is shooting 48.5 percent during that span. The Brooklyn Nets are 37-33 ATS overall and 20-14 ATS at home.
The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Nets are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss. The Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Brooklyn.
I really like the way the Cavs have been playing lately, as they’re loose and actually playing with confidence for the first time all season. While the Nets should probably win this game, I like the Cavaliers to get the cover.
Take the Cavs and the points.