Cavaliers vs. Nets - 12/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (10-14) at Cleveland Cavaliers (14-10)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 297.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, FSOH
The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers square off Friday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Brooklyn Nets have lost five of their last seven games and are slowly falling out of the playoff race. On the season, the Nets are averaging 95.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Deron Williams is averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 assists while Joe Johnson is averaging 15.9 points and five rebounds. Jarrett Jack is dishing out 3.4 assists and Mirza Teletovic is shooting 44 percent from the field. The Brooklyn Nets lack of offense has killed them all season, as they’ve scored less than 100 points in 12 of their last 13 games and are shooting 43.1 percent from the field in their last five. The Nets are 5-3 SU this season when scoring at least 100 points. The Nets have also won three of their last five road games SU.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost three of their last four games and are coming off a blowout loss to Atlanta. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 103 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 47 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.4 points and 7.6 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 19.9 points and 5.2 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.5 rebounds per game and Dion Waiters is shooting 40.4 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers are back to not playing a lick of defense, as teams are shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from deep in their last five games. The Cavs have lost five of their last seven games SU when allowing 100-plus points. The Cavaliers remain a team that’s tough to figure out.
The Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Nets are 17-6 ATS in the last 23 meetings in Cleveland and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
I'm not laying this much chalk with a Cavs team that has forgot again how to play defense. This game is probably one you should avoid but if your feel the need to place a wager, take the Nets and the points. It's more of a fade from the Cavs more than anything.