Cleveland Cavaliers (38-26) at Los Angeles Clippers (34-29)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers PK -- Over/Under: 231.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for another road victory after splitting their last eight games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27 points and nine assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 12.5 points and 2.2 assists. Larry Nance Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is dishing 3.2 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won five straight road games.
The Los Angeles Clippers also need a win here after winning six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 109.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Lou Williams is averaging 23.2 points and 5.5 assists while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have split their last eight home games.
The Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-41-1 ATS in their last 62 games overall. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 12-4 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Friday games. The Cavaliers are 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
I'm still not on the Cleveland Cavaliers hype train, as this team is inconsistent and continues to get torched on the defensive end, allowing 111 points on 48 percent shooting in their last five games. However, the Los Angeles Clippers have had their hiccups the last couple of weeks as well and have actually been a better team on the road over the last month or so. The bottom line is we're getting LeBron James and company in a pick em, and unless they're playing one of the better teams in the league, you have to like that spot. I'm taking the Cavs on the road here.