Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets Prediction 3/16/2024

The Cleveland Cavaliers (42-24) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (31-35) on Saturday, March 16th. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston and televised on Spac. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 5:00 ET.

Cavaliers vs Rockets

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The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win

Most recently, the Cavaliers bested the Pelicans with a score of 116-95. Heading into the game, the Cavaliers were the underdogs at +5.5 giving them both a straight-up and ATS win. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 211 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 217.5.

Heading into today’s games, the Cavaliers have an overall record of 42-24 and are 1-2 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are in 3rd place and are 2nd in the Central division.

Cleveland has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 33-31 against the spread. The Cavaliers have a two game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they hold a 21-22 record against the spread when they are the favorites.

The Rockets Are Coming Off A Win

The Rockets picked up a win over the Wizards in their latest game, finishing with a score of 135-119. In addition to their straight-up win, the Rockets also covered the spread as -8.5-point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 227.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.

Coming into today’s game, the Rockets are 31-35 overall and have won four straight. They have gone 22-11 at home and are 9-24 on the road this season.

Against the spread, Houston are currently above .500, at 36-29 ATS. Houston has covered the spread in three straight home games and are 23-10 ATS at home compared to 13-19 on the road.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

Cleveland has recorded an average of 113.8 points per game (18th) throughout 66 games games.

On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 113.8 points per game, which is 18th in the NBA. However, they have been slightly better on the road, averaging 112.9 points per game.

When it comes to pace, Cleveland is 20th in the league at 97.5 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Cavaliers are 13th in the NBA at 47%.

So far, the Cavaliers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 45.5% of their games. In terms of three-point shooting, Cleveland is 7th in the league at 13.7 made threes per game.

Rockets Offense Breakdown

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Through 66 games the Rockets are averaging 113.2 points per contest, placing them 20th in the NBA.

At home this season, the Rockets are averaging 115.6 points per game, which is 16th in the NBA. Overall, they are 20th in scoring at 113.2 points per game. In terms of pace, Houston is 14th in the league at 99.3 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Rockets are 20th in made threes per game at 12.2. However, they are 28th in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. From two-point range, Houston is 26th in shooting percentage.

So far this season, the Rockets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 40.9% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 25th at 24.7 per game.

Cavaliers Team Defense

The Cavaliers’ defense is presently ranked 4th in the league, allowing an average of 109.4 points per contest. In their previous matchup vs. the Pelicans, the Cavaliers’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 51% leading to 95 points.

Rockets Team Defense

This season, the Rockets’ defense is the 10th ranked defense in the NBA at 10th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 57.6% of their games. Houston’s defense is currently forcing 12.5 turnovers per game, which is 12th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 26th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.4 rejections per game.

Key Players For The Cavaliers And Rockets

In today’s game, we anticipate Donovan Mitchell leading the scoring for the Cavaliers, contributing 27 points while shooting 9/20 from the field. This season, he is averaging 27.7 points per game along with 5.4 boards.

As for Houston, Jalen Green is projected to be the primary scorer for the Rockets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 19, and adding 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 41.6% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 18.6 points per game.

Cavaliers vs Rockets Trends

  • In their last ten games away from home, the Cavaliers have a straight up record of 7-3 while going 5-5 vs. the spread. The team averaged 112 points per game in this stretch.
  • When looking at their past ten home matchups, Houston has an ATS record of 4-6 while averaging 109 per game. The team went 4-6 overall in these games.
  • In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Rockets have a straight up record of 3-7 and an ATS mark of 5-5.
  • The last three games that Cleveland was favored, they have an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.

Cavaliers vs Rockets Prediction

We’re putting our money on the Cavaliers to win, and have the projected score sitting at 114-106. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Cavaliers at -5.5.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 215.5 and given that our model is projecting 220 points between the teams, we like the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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