Brooklyn Nets (9-7) at Cleveland Cavaliers (7-7)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +9.5 -- Over/Under: 227 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Friday in NBA action at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
The Brooklyn Nets look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 120.3 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 115.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 31.3 points and six assists while James Harden is averaging 29 points and 9.3 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Harris is dishing 1.9 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Collin Sexton is averaging 27 points and 2.4 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 18.8 points and 2.9 assists. Darius Garland is the third double-digit scorer and Taurean Prince is grabbing seven rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 39.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.
The Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss. The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The over is 11-1 in Nets last 12 overall. The under is 10-2 in Cavaliers last 12 overall. The Nets are 25-10 ATS in the last 35 meetings in Cleveland.
The Brooklyn Nets should be more prepared for this contest after losing to the Cavs on Wednesday, and they should be eager for a bounce back showing. However, the Nets have struggled defensively and while the offensive talent is there, it's tough to lay these big numbers with them until the effort improves. The Cleveland Cavaliers have also shown above-average offensive potential this season at times and it's why they started the season so well. I'd grab the points here.