Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/2/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (19-17) at Cleveland Cavaliers (24-12)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, FSOH, CSNN
The Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 100.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.2 points and 6.4 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Shabazz Napier is dishing 1.8 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last seven road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.1 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.8 points and 9.2 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 20.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. Dwyane Wade is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won their last 12 home games.
The Trail Blazers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-22-1 ATS in their last 28 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Portland Trail Blazers continue to play their best basketball on the road and have been covering machines away from home as well. I've been fading the Cavs much of the season, but there should be some energy in the building here with IT making his season debut, and this team should feed off that. Portland is on the end of a back to back and can struggle with getting stops at times. This is just a feeling I have. Give me the Cavs to run away with this contest.