The Cleveland Cavaliers (33-16) travel to face off against the Brooklyn Nets (20-30) on Thursday, February 8th. This game will be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and televised on YES. The Cavaliers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Nets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wizards. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Cavaliers vs Nets
The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win
Donovan Mitchell scored 40 for Cleveland against the Wizards which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 48.9%. Evan Mobley also added 22 points as the Cavaliers won the game by a score of 114-106.
As the Cavaliers get ready to face the Nets, they are 33-16 overall, including a 9-1 record in their last ten games. In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are in 2nd place and are in 1st place in the Central division.
Cleveland comes in with an overall ATS record of 26-21 so far this season. During this season, Cleveland has a 17-13 record against the spread as favorites and 9-8 as underdogs.
The Nets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Nets will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Mavericks with a final score of 119-107. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Nets couldn’t cover the spread as +4.5 point underdogs. Concerning the over/under, the total of 226 points remained below the established over/under line of 236.5.
With an overall record of 20-30, the Nets are looking to end their two game losing streak with a win over the Cavaliers. So far this season, the Nets are 8-15 on the road and 12-15 at home.
Brooklyn has an ATS record of 23-25 for this season, which includes their current two game losing streak against the spread. The Nets maintain an ATS record of 9-14 on the road, while they have a 14-11 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Cavaliers Offense Breakdown
In 49 games games, Cleveland has an average of 114.8 points per game (17th).
When it comes to scoring, the Cavaliers are 17th in the NBA with 114.8 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 113.1 points per game.
In terms of pace, Cleveland is 20th in the league at 98.1 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, the Cavaliers are 10th at 48%.
So far this season, the Cavaliers have made an average of 13.4 three-pointers per game, which is 10th in the NBA. When it comes to free throws, they are 27th in the league with 16 made per game.
Nets Offense Breakdown
Through 50 games the Nets are averaging 114.1 points per contest, placing them 20th in the NBA.
When it comes to scoring, the Nets are 20th in the NBA at 114.1 points per game. At home, they are averaging 114.5 points per game.
So far this season, the Nets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 44% of their games. In terms of pace, Brooklyn is 24th in the league at 97.9 possessions per game.
One area where the Nets have excelled is in three-point shooting. They are 6th in the NBA in both three-point makes and attempts per game. Overall, the Nets are 26th in field goal percentage.
Cavaliers Team Defense
Currently, the Cavaliers’ defense holds the 3rd rank in the NBA, allowing 109.6 points per game. Cleveland’s defense is currently forcing 12.9 turnovers per game, which is 17th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 22nd in blocked shots, with an average of 4.6 rejections per game.
Nets Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Nets’ defense has finished two straight games with an increased number of points allowed. Overall, they are 16th in the league at 115.4 points per game allowed. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Nets are forcing 11.8 per game, which is 4th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 10th in blocked shots at 5.5 per game.
Key Players For The Cavaliers And Nets
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Donovan Mitchell is set to be the main scorer for the Cavaliers, recording 28 points and shooting 10/21 from the field. This season, he is averaging 28.5 points per game along with 5.5 boards.
As for Brooklyn, Mikal Bridges is projected to be the primary scorer for the Nets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 23, and adding 3 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 45.4%, and his scoring average is 21.9 points per game.
Cavaliers vs Nets Trends
- Through their last three road games, Cleveland has an ATS record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 3-0 while averaging 113 points per game.
- Across their ten previous home games, Brooklyn has an ATS mark of 2-8. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-7 while averaging 110 points per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Nets have an ATS mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. Brooklyn posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Cavaliers have a straight up record of 10-0. But, their mark vs the spread was just 7-3.
We’re backing the Cavaliers for a victory, with the projected score at 112-105. Additionally, we favor them to cover the spread, so we recommend placing a bet on the Cavaliers at -6.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 223, and our model projects the Cavaliers and Nets to reach a combined total of 217 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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