Nets vs. Cavaliers - 12/8/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (11-7) at Brooklyn Nets (8-10)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +5 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, YES
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets play Monday night at the Barclays Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won six straight games and will wrap up a three-game road trip. On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 103.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 98.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 24.6 points and 7.9 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 22 points and 4.8 assists. Kevin Love is shooting 44.5 percent from the field and Anderson Varejao is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers have always been able to score, but it’s their defense that’s holding teams to 94 points on 43.4 percent shooting that’s made the difference during this stretch. The Cavaliers are 6-3 SU this season when holding their opponent under 100 points, and five of those wins have come during this winning streak.
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The Brooklyn Nets have split their last eight games and have to get going to get into the East race. On the season, the Nets are averaging 97.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting and are allowing 99.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Deron Williams is averaging 17.3 points and 6.2 assists while Brook Lopez is averaging 16.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Joe Johnson is shooting 43.9 percent from the field and Mirza Teletovic is grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. Lopez is doubtful for this game while Johnson is expected to play through an illness. The Brooklyn Nets just can’t get any consistency going on the offensive end, as they’re shooting just 33.4 percent from three and have scored less than 100 points in seven straight games. These next two games could make or break the Nets.
The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Nets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 25-12 ATS in their last 37 games following a ATS loss. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings while the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
With the Nets all banged up and the Cavs finally starting to find their stride, Cleveland and the small chalk has to be the play here. The Nets just haven't shown enough offensively to think they can hang with one of the more talented teams in the league.