Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/8/13
Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) at Philadelphia 76ers (3-2)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers will be playing host to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Philadelphia 76ers are sitting at 3-2 so far this season, and are currently on top of the Atlantic Standings. Of course the season is incredibly early, but still, Philly fans have to feel good about the Sixers start. Philly is really lacking on the defensive end of the court this season, allowing 108.54 points per game on average, but I love their offense, which is ranked seventh in the league, scoring 104.4. In their last outing, the Sixers fell to the Wizards 116-102 in Philly. The Sixers had just two player’s finish the night with a positive +/- against the Wizards. And even though Turner led the team with 24 points, he still finished -20 in the plus, minus category.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are 2-3 to start their season. The Cavs are already three games back in the Central. Again, it’s way too early to be getting too concerned or excited about standings, but you don’t want to fall too far behind too quickly. The Cavs are basically the opposite of the Sixers, in that Cleveland is holding opponents to just 94.8 points per game on the year, but on the offensive end, the Cavs are scoring just 90.6 on average. Last time out the Cavs fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 109-104 in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
The total has gone under in four of the last five games for the Cavs, and the total has gone under in four of the last five for Cleveland when playing the Sixers. Cleveland is just 1-9 ATS in their last ten games, and the Cavs are just 1-8 overall in their last nine against the Sixers.
The Sixers have gone over in six of their last seven games, and Philly plays well at home, going 7-3 overall in their last ten home games. The total has also gone over in 11 of the last 15 between the Cavs and the Sixers in Philly.
I’m going to take the under in this spot. The Sixers are hurting up the middle with their big men, and I fell that could limit them some tonight offensively, especially on the offensive boards. The Cavs should be able to contain this Philly offense, and with the way they play defense, Cleveland matches up very well with the Sixers, especially inside, where the Sixers are ranked second in the league offensively, and the Cavs fifth in the league defensively.