Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/4/14
Cleveland Cavaliers (11-21) at Brooklyn Nets (11-21)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -6.5 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers head to the Barclays Center on Saturday to face off against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets are struggling this season, having a record of just 11-21, but I do believe this team is better than their record states. The Nets have been banged up all season long, but to their benefit, the Nets play in the worst division in the league, so nothing is out of the question for this Brooklyn team, should they start turning things around. The Nets are scoring just 96.8 points per game this season, and are led by Brook Lopez, who is putting up 20.7 on average.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading to the Barclays Center on Saturday, owning the exact same record as the Nets, at 11-21. Unfortunately for the Cavs, they play in the Central, so if the Cavs are thinking of any kind of playoff run this season, it will be a tough road. Cleveland is led offensively by Kyrie Irving, who is putting up an average of 22.2 points per game this season, while also leading the Cavs in steals and assists. The Cavs are just 1-3 in their last four outings heading into Saturday’s meeting with the Nets.
The Cavs have done well on Saturday nights this season, going 4-1 against the spread in their last five Saturday games. The Cavs are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall.
The Brooklyn Nets are just 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games against teams with a losing record, and Brooklyn is just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games overall. The Nets are also just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against the East.
Tough call here on Saturday, and honestly I'm laying off this one. For my free pick however, I'll take the under. Neither the Cavs, nor the Nets are lighting up the scoreboard and I don't see that chaning here.