Rockets vs. Cavaliers - 3/1/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (37-23) at Houston Rockets (40-18)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets meet Sunday afternoon at the Toyota Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to stay hot with wins in four of their last five games. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 102.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 98.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26 points and 7.3 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 16.9 points and 10.3 rebounds. J.R. Smith is dishing 2.7 assists and Timofey Mozgov is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to play great defense, as they’re allowing 41.2 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. The Cavs have won 15 of their last 16 games when allowing less than 100 points. Kyrie Irving is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury.
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The Houston Rockets look to build on their four-game winning streak. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and are allowing 99.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27 points and seven assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds. Josh Smith is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 3.3 assists. The Houston Rockets are allowing just 40.5 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. The Rockets have won 14 straight games when allowing less than 100 points. Kostas Papanikolaou is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Rockets are 7-21 ATS in their last 28 Sunday games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games. The Cavaliers are 1-10 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Houston and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
Even without Irving on the court, it's hard to bet against LeBron and the Cavs with the way they've been playing. I'll take the free point with Cleveland in this spot.