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76ers vs. Cavaliers - 1/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (19-15) at Philadelphia 76ers (4-28)

NBA Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers play Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost four of their last five games and are struggling mightily without LeBron James. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 101.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Kevin Love is averaging 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds while Dion Waiters is averaging 10.5 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Tristan Thompson is grabbing eight rebounds and Shawn Marion is shooting 44.3 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to struggle defensively, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in five of their last eight games and are allowing teams to shoot 39.6 percent from deep in their last five games. Kyrie Irving is doubtful with a back injury.

76ers vs. Cavaliers - 1/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Philadelphia 76ers have lost five straight and continue to be the worst team in the league. On the season, the 76ers are averaging 90.8 points on 41.1 percent shooting and are allowing 104.4 points on 46 percent shooting. Tony Wroten is averaging 17.3 points and 5.2 assists while Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 15.2 points and 7.3 assists. Robert Covington is shooting 41.3 percent from the field and Henry Sims is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers continue to have issues on the offensive end, as they’re averaging just 87.4 points on 39.8 percent shooting in their last five games. The 76ers have scored 96 or less points in nine straight games and have shown little sign of turning things around. Hollis Thompson is questionable for this game with an illness.

The Cavaliers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The 76ers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Central and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia and 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.

Even a banged up Cavs team should be able to destroy the 76ers. Right? Take Cleveland and the chalk.

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