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Phoenix Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 4/1/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Cavaliers at Phoenix Suns
Date & Time Monday April 1, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix, AZ
The Line
The Line: Phoenix -3
TV Channel
NBAtv, FSOH, FSAZ
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The Cleveland Cavaliers pay a visit to the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Monday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a slump as they’ve lost seven of their last nine games and they will be hoping to avoid a sixth straight defeat after getting blown out by the Clippers in a 132-108 road loss on Saturday. Jordan Clarkson led the team with 26 points on 11 of 16 shooting off the bench, Collin Sexton added 21 points while Cedi Osman chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 44 percent from the field and a miserable three of 23 from the 3-point line, but they were always fighting an uphill battle after the Clippers outscored the Cavaliers by 36-23 in the second quarter on the back of their second unit. With the tough loss, Cleveland fell to 19-58 overall and 6-32 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have been in a slump of their own as they’ve lost eight of their last nine games and they will be hoping to snap a six-game losing streak after falling to the Grizzlies in a 120-115 home loss on Saturday. Devin Booker led the team with 48 points and 11 assists, DeAndre Ayton added 17 points with 13 rebounds while Miles Bridges and Josh Jackson each scored 10 points. As a team, the Suns shot 53 percent from the field and 12 of 28 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 38 points in the first quarter to lead by as many as 18 points, but it was all Grizzlies from that point onwards as Booker just didn’t get enough support from his teammates, once again. With the loss, Phoenix fell to 17-60 overall and 10-28 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points, 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 6-13-2 ATS in their last 21 against the Western Conference. The Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team below .400, 0-5 ATS in their last five home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, the Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Phoenix.

These two teams have only met once so far this season and it was the Cavaliers who won by 111-98 back on Feb 21. Neither team have been in any form to write home about as the Cavaliers are coming into this one fresh off a 24-point road loss, while the Suns are coming into this one fresh off a loss to the Grizzlies despite 48 points from Booker. The Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Phoenix, but I’m leaning towards the Suns who will want to get over the hump for Booker who has been on fire lately.

Pick:
Phoenix -3
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