Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 11/9/13
Philadelphia 76ers (3-2) at Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -9 -- Over/Under: 203,5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for payback as they face the Philadelphia 76ers for the second time in as many nights from Quicken Loans Arena.
Head to head, the 76ers are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings while the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Cavaliers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The 76ers on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central, but just 9-25 ATS in their last 34 games playing on 0 days rest.
The struggles contined for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night as they fell to the Phildelphia 76ers 79-94 to suffer their fourth loss of the young season. The Cavaliers started well enough, taking a 28-14 lead after the first quarter, however, it was all down hill from their as they continued to struggle on the offensive end, scoring just 51 points the rest of the way. With Kyrie Irving finding it hard to get anything going offensivly, the Cavaliers have been one of the worst scoring teams in the league thus far, averaging just 90.6 points, which is the ffith worst mark in the NBA.
With their win over the Cavs on Friday night, the Philadelphia 76ers continue to be one of the surprise teams in the NBA through the first two weeks of play. It was an important win for a 76ers squad that had dropped back-to-back games by an average of 17 points after winning their first three against the likes of Miami and Chicago. In Andrew Bynum's return to Philly, it was Evan Turner who led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Tony Wroten added 18 off the bench for a 76ers squad that held the Cavs to 30-90 (33.3%) shooting from the field.
Given how bad the 76ers have been on defense this season, It wasn't unrealistic to think that the Cavs could have a breakout game against Philly last night, but it wasn't to happen, despite getting up 90 shoots.
It's pretty clear that Cleveland just isn't a good offensive team at the moment. Irving is in a slump and as a result, the Cavs have only scored over 98 once in six games so far this season. I don't see the 76ers coming into Cleveland and dictating the pace, so the under looks like the way to go here..
Dan's Pick: Under 202.5
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