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Phoenix Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (19-9) at Phoenix Suns (12-20)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 28, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Line: Phoenix Suns +8.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, FSAZ

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns meet Monday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost three straight games just once this season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 99.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 95.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.8 points and 6.1 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.1 points and 10.7 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 3.3 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 10 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.2 turnovers per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost four of their last six road games.

Phoenix Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Phoenix Suns need a big victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 103.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Brandon Knight is averaging 19.8 points and 5.2 assists while T.J. Warren is averaging 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. Jon Leuer is grabbing six rebounds and Mirza Teletovic is dishing one assist. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Suns are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost four of their last six home games. Markieff Morris is out due to suspension.

The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Monday games. The Suns are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Monday games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Phoenix and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall. 

The Cavs are coming off the worst loss of the season by far against Portland without Lillard. You can bet this Cleveland team will be eager to bounce back. Meanwhile, the Suns are missing Morris and Bledsoe. I expect this game to get ugly and for the Cavs to win by double digits.

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