Cavaliers vs. Pelicans - 11/10/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (3-2) at Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -6 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSOH
The New Orleans Pelicans and Cleveland Cavaliers play Monday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans hope to win their third straight game and continue to turn heads as one of the biggest early surprises in the league. The Pelicans are averaging 97.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 95.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis has scored 24 or more points in four of the five games and Omer Asik is averaging 10.4 rebounds per game on the season. Tyreke Evans has made at least two threes in four straight games and Jrue Holiday has racked up 20 assists in his last two games. The Pelicans are also second in the league with an average of 47 rebounds per game, as four players are averaging over five boards per game. After beating the Spurs on Saturday, this will be another measuring stick for the young New Orleans Pelicans.
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This will be the first home game for the Cleveland Cavaliers since being embarrassed by the New York Knicks on opening night. The Cavaliers are averaging 99.2 points per game on 41.9 percent shooting and are allowing 101.4 points on 49 percent shooting. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have combined for 43.4 points per game and Kevin Love is averaging 18 points and 11.2 rebounds. Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson are two other Cleveland players averaging double-digit points, giving the Cavs a balanced offense that can score with anybody. However, the weakness for the Cleveland Cavaliers has been their defense that’s allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep. The Cavs have lost six of their last nine games when allowing 100-plus points.
The Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southwest. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, while the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
I really like what the Pelicans have been doing this season and think they can continue to make noise. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers know they have to put on a show after stinking up the joint in their opening night. Look for the Cavs to win this game by double digits.