Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/16/14
Brooklyn Nets (44-36) at Cleveland Cavaliers (32-49)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WWOR, FSOH
The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers will end their regular seasons with a matchup on Wednesday. The Nets lead the series 2-1.
The Nets are coming off an embarrassing 109-98 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday, and are hoping to solidify their sixth seed in the East. On the season, the Nets average 98.7 points on 46 percent shooting and allow 99.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. However, the Nets have been slacking on defense lately, allowing teams to shoot 48.4 percent from the field in their last five games. The Brooklyn Nets are 42-38 ATS overall and 17-22 ATS on the road.
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The Cavaliers have lost four of their last five games and are just happy that their disappointing season has come to an end. On the season, the Cavaliers average 98 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allow 101.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting. The Cavs have had issues scoring all season, and now they’re shooting 29.9 percent from three in their last five games. Kyrie Irving is shooting just 40.5 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from downtown in his last five games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 39-42 ATS overall and 22-18 ATS at home.
The Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nets are 17-5 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Cleveland, while the road team is 15-6 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
Starters or not, are the Cavs really that much better than the Nets backups? I'm not sure.
I'm staying away, but if you need to make a play, the smart play is to take Brooklyn and the points.