Phoenix Suns at Cleveland Cavaliers
|Date & Time||Thursday February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Quicken Loans Arena
The Line: Cleveland -1 -- Over/Under 218
The Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night.
The Phoenix Suns have been the worst team in the league as they’ve lost 22 of their last 24 games and are currently riding a 15-game losing streak after getting blown out by the Clippers in a 134-107 road loss on Feb 13. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the team with 28 points on 10 of 16 shooting off the bench, Jamal Crawford added 17 points with six assists while DeAndre Ayton chipped in with 20 points. As a team, the Suns shot just 46 percent from the field and eight of 30 from the 3-point line but they started sluggishly and never caught up after falling behind by 16 points going into halftime. Devin Booker finished with just 10 points on two of 10 shooting in 33 minutes of action. With the loss, Phoenix fell to 11-48 overall and 4-26 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have probably been the second worst team in the league lately as they’ve lost 22 of their last 26 games and they will be kicking themselves after falling just short in a 148-139 triple-overtime loss to the Nets on Feb 13. Jordan Clarkson led the team with a career-high 42 points and five assists off the bench, Collin Sexton added 24 points with five assists while Marquese Chriss chipped in with 23 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 45 percent from the field and 18 of 42 from the 3-point line as they hung with the red-hot Nets until the third overtime where they had no answer for D’Angelo Russell who scored 14 points in the period. With the tough loss, Cleveland fell to 12-46 overall and 7-22 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team below .400, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on three or more days rest and 19-42-2 ATS in their last 63 against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the under 8-1 in the last nine meetings in Cleveland and the Suns are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings.
Surprisingly, this will be the first meeting between the teams this season but it’s not exactly an exciting matchup as neither team have been very good this season. With so little to play for at this stage of the season, you just don’t know what type of effort to expect, especially from these two teams who have their eyes on a high pick in the upcoming NBA draft. The Suns are still stuck on just four road wins for the season but I think they can snap out of their funk with a narrow win in this one.