Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 6, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Brooklyn -8.5 -- Over/Under 225.5
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets duke it out at the Barclays Center on Wednesday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were stuck to the bottom of the standings all season, but they’ve come to life with five wins in their last eight games and they will be feeling good after taking down the Magic in a 107-93 home win on Sunday. Jordan Clarkson led the team with 18 points off the bench, Collin Sexton added 17 points while Kevin Love chipped in with 16 points and 14 rebounds. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 43 percent from the field and 14 of 43 from the 3-point line as they trailed by nine points late in the third quarter before exploding for 40 points in the fourth quarter to make it look easy in the end. With the win, Cleveland improved to 16-48 overall and 10-24 at home.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets are looking to build some momentum after splitting their last eight games and they will be feeling confident after making light work of the Mavericks in a 127-88 home win on Monday. DeMarre Carroll led the team 22 points off the bench, Rodions Kurucs added 19 points while D’Angelo Russell chipped in with 13 points and 11 assists in just 22 minutes of action. As a team, the Nets shot a sizzling 56 percent from the field and 17 of 41 from the 3-point line as they cruised to victory after outscoring the Mavericks in the first half by 65-47. With the easy win, Brooklyn improved to 33-33 on the season which is still good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 7-2 ATS in their last nine games playing on two days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points. The Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Brooklyn and the Cavaliers are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings.
The Nets are leading the season series by 2-1, winning the last meeting by 148-139 in triple-overtime back on Feb 13. Kevin Love wasn’t available for the Cavaliers in the last meeting, but he should be a major factor in this one if they are able to pull off the upset. It’s hard to back the Cavaliers these days, but they’ve been playing some of their best basketball of the season and took the Nets to triple overtime in the last meeting, so I’m taking the Cavaliers with the points here.