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

Darius Garland scored 27 for Cleveland against the Pelicans which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 51.1%. The Cavaliers picked up a 116-95 win, and Jarrett Allen also added 17 points which was 2nd on the team.

When looking at the Cavaliers’ overall record of 42-24, they are above .500. At home, the Cavaliers have gone 22-13 compared to 20-11 on the road.

In terms of the spread, Cleveland currently holds an ATS record of 33-31, which is above .500. The Cavaliers are in the midst of a two game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they come in with a 21-22 record against the spread as favorites.

The Rockets Are Coming Off A Win

In their last game, the Rockets defeated the Wizards with a final score of 135-119. the Rockets not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -8.5-point favorites. The over/under line entering this matchup was 227.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.

The Rockets are looking to extend their four game winning streak as they come into today’s game. Overall, the Rockets have a record of 31-35. In their home games, the Rockets are 22-11 compared to 9-24 on the road.

Houston has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 36-29 against the spread. Houston has covered the spread in three consecutive home games, while maintaining an ATS record of 23-10 at home as opposed to 13-19 on the road.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

Through 66 games games, Cleveland is averaging 113.8 points per game (18th).

Heading into their matchup against the Rockets, the Cavaliers are 18th in the NBA in scoring at 113.8 points per game. On the road, they have averaged 112.9 points per game this season.

So far this season, Cleveland has outscored the league average in 45.5% of their games. They are 13th in field goal percentage at 47% and are 10th in two-point shooting at 56%.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Cavaliers are 7th in made threes at 13.7 per game. However, they are just 16th in three-point shooting percentage at 36%.

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, 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.

So far, Houston has outscored the league average in 40.9% of their games. They are 27th in field goal percentage at 45%.

The Rockets are 14th in pace at 99.3 possessions per game. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 28th in percentage at 35%.

Cavaliers Team Defense

Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers’ defense is giving up an average of 109.4 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Cavaliers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 51.8% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.0% from downtown.

Rockets Team Defense

At present, the Rockets’ defense is ranked 10th, allowing 112.6 points per game. The Houston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.2% of their field goal attempts vs. Houston.

Key Players For The Cavaliers And Rockets

For today’s matchup, we project Donovan Mitchell to lead the scoring for the Cavaliers, putting up 27 points and shooting at a rate of 9/20. 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. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 41.6%, and he is contributing 18.6 points per game on average.

Cavaliers vs Rockets Trends

  • Across the Cavaliers last five road games, the team averaged 112 points per game while allowing 108. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-3, while going 3-2 straight-up.
  • When looking at their past three matchups at home, Houston has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 112 per game. The team went 3-0 overall in these games.
  • Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Rockets have gone 4-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-3.
  • Going back to their previous five games as the favorite, Cleveland has an ATS mark of 2-3 while going 2-3 straight up.

Cavaliers vs Rockets Prediction

The Cavaliers is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 114-106. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Cavaliers at -5.5.

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 215.5, and our model projects the Cavaliers and Rockets to reach a combined total of 220 points. Our bet is on taking the over.

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

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