Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 2/18/14
Cleveland Cavaliers (20-33) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-39)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +4 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers welcome Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers to town on Tuesday night.
Head to head, the Cavaliers are 2-10 ATS in the last 10 meetings and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia while the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The 76ers are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games, 3-13 TS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 6-16 ATS in their last 22 vs. Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 9-20 ATS in their last 29 road games.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the Philadelphia 76ers are not a very good basketball team, in fact, they might just be the worst team in the entire NBA. I know the Milwaukee Bucks have the least amount of wins out of any team in the league, but the 76ers have only won three times since the start of 2014 and they just lost two games by a combined 88 points. That’s not a typo, they recently suffered a 45-point loss in Los Angeles against the Clippers and they followed that up with a 43-point beat down in Golden State in their next outing. Philly has also been horrible against the spread for the last two months, especially at home as they have only covered in seven of their last 26 at Wells Fargo Arena.
While All-Star weekend is a good chance for players to rest and prepare for the second half of the season, the break came at the wrong time for a Cleveland Cavaliers team riding a four-game winning streak. I’m not sure if it’s a fluke or something else, but the Cavs remain undefeated since firing then general manager Chris Grant a couple of weeks ago, winning road games in Washington and Detroit while taking care of Memphis and Sacramento at home. It’s going to be interesting to see how Cleveland performance after the All-Star break and if they can make a push towards one of the final playoff spots in a horrid Eastern Conference.
I'm not crazy about the idea of taking the Cavaliers as four-point road favorites, but I simply can't take the 76ers given they have lost nine of 10 at home with eight of those losses coming by double-digits. I'm sure the All-Star break did Philly the world of good and maybe they win this one outright, but I'm not backing a team that just lost consecutive games by over 40 points...
Dan’s Pick: Cleveland -4
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