Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game at Barclays Center. Just two days after their clash in Brooklyn, the Nets and Cavaliers run it back in the same building tonight to close out their regular season series. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The pressure is mounting on the Nets right now, although they’re still ahead of Miami for the 6th seed, that lead is now just on percentage points which means if they lose tonight the Heat overtake them. That’s the result of their current 4 game losing streak, Cleveland just beat them by 6 points on Tuesday.
There were some positives in that game for the Nets, but the shooting was just awful as they went 9-for-33 from three-point land. Oddly enough they outrebounded the Nets by 15 and it still didn’t matter, so I’m expecting a completely different approach in tonight’s game. The injury situation has remained the same just like 2 days ago, the only absentee for the Nets is Ben Simmons.
Tuesday’s win ended a 5-game losing streak at Barclays Center for the Cavaliers. Donovan Mitchell powered them with 31 points, in what was their 4th victory in 5 games. The win didn’t do much for the Cavs in the standings, they’re 4 games back of the 3rd seed, while the Knicks are a further 4 games behind them in 5th.
Without much pressure on them, they can relax and play a free flowing style of basketball which is very beneficial at this point of the season. Cleveland opens as 4-point favorites, they’ve covered the spread in 4 of the last 6 head-to-head. In their last 9 games this month, the Cavs have 7 wins and are favorites for a reason here.
It’s hard to look past the Cavaliers here. They are the more complete team, while the Nets are still looking for themselves in the post Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving era. The road team won by 6 points on Tuesday, I see no reason why they can’t repeat that result tonight. Take Cleveland.
Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions & Odds
Rebounding was a major issue for Cleveland in that game 2 days ago, but despite that they still got the victory. Their tenacious defense held the Nets to just 44% shooting from the field and 27% from three. We still went over the total though, as the road team connected on 14 threes, we have pretty much the same projected total for tonight.
The over has now cashed 5 times in the last 6 Cavaliers games and in 8 of their last 9 on the road. The same has happed in head-to-head meetings with 7 of the last 10 cashing on that bet, with an average of 232.4 points per game scored during that stretch. Since we’re expecting a similar outcome here as the one in Tuesday’s game, I think backing the over is the right call this time around. Cleveland is 4-1 on the over in their last 5 vs East teams, back the points in this one.