New Orleans Pelicans (43-32) at Cleveland Cavaliers (45-30)
|Date & Time||Friday March 30, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -3 -- Over/Under:
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The Cleveland Cavaliers play host to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been in solid form as they’ve won five of their last nine games but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Trailblazers in a 107-103 home loss on Tuesday. Anthony Davis led the team with 36 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks, Jrue Holiday added 21 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists while E’Twaun Moore chipped in with 11 points and seven assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 45 percent from the field and a miserable four of 24 from the three-point line which was enough to hang with the Trailblazers until the fourth quarter where Damian Lillard scored 20 of his 41 points to steal the game. With the loss, New Orleans dropped to 43-32 overall which is good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been on a bit of a surge lately as they’ve won seven of their last nine games and they will be looking to stay hot after blowing past the Hornets in a 118-105 road win on Wednesday. LeBron James led the team with 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, JR Smith provided the spark off the bench with 19 points on eight of nine shooting off the bench while Jeff Green chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and 11 of 28 from the three-point line as they took control of the game in the second quarter where they poured in 42 points to lead by 10 points going into halftime before the third quarter where they outscored the Hornets by 31-24 to put the game out of reach. With the win, Cleveland improved to 45-30 which is currently good for third place in the Eastern Conference.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 16-37-2 ATS in their last 55 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, the under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Cleveland and the Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
The Pelicans haven’t been at their best lately but their last two games were against two of the hottest teams in the league in Houston and Portland, so they were always going to struggle. The Cavaliers have been travelling a little better and they looked great in their win over the Hornets as James flirted with another triple-double while Smith broke out of a shooting slump with 19 points off the bench. Davis will surely have a monster game in this matchup, but I think the Cavaliers stay hot with a win and cover at home in this one.