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Cavaliers vs. Nets - 3/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets (27-38) at Cleveland Cavaliers (43-26)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, FSOH

The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers play Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Brooklyn Nets look to win three straight for the first time in over a month. On the season, the Nets are averaging 96.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting and are allowing 99.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 15.4 points and 6.9 rebounds while Joe Johnson is averaging 15 points and 3.4 assists. Thaddeus Young is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Deron Williams is dishing 6.1 assists. The Brooklyn Nets need to start stringing some wins together if they’re going to get back in the playoff race. The Nets defense has been the main issue, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in eight of their last 11 games and are allowing 45.5 percent shooting in their last five games. The Nets have won three of their last four road games.

Cavaliers vs. Nets - 3/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 103.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99 points on 45.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26 points and 7.4 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.2 points and 5.2 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.1 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 41.6 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers also look to get back on defense after allowing the Miami Heat to shoot 55.3 percent from the field on Monday. The Cavs are allowing 47.1 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. The Cavs play their first home game in 11 days.

The Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 home games and 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Nets are 18-6 ATS in the last 24 meetings in Cleveland. 

The Nets are just too inconsistent for my taste, and the Cavs have been a money making machine ATS on their home court. I'll take Cleveland and the high chalk.

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Cleveland Cavaliers -12.5

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