Cleveland Cavaliers (4-18) vs Brooklyn Nets (8-16)Date : 12/03/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Barklays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets
The Cleveland Cavaliers will battle the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Cavaliers continue to drop games as their last defeat came at the hands of the Toronto Raptors at home by a 106 – 95 score as the Cavaliers shot 38% from the floor while making only five of 22 3-point attempts for the night en route to their fourth straight loss.
The Brooklyn Nets also picked up a lost versus the Washington Wizards on the road in their last outing as Alex Crabbe led the team with 14 points while D’Angelo Russell struggled throughout the game in going 3-8 from the floor with 8 points on the night. The loss was the sixth straight for Brooklyn.
Cleveland Cavaliers's Latest Performance :
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to also struggle as it relates to locating a consistent scorer within the offense. Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson led the team with 18 points versus the Toronto Raptors in their last outing while Thompson also collected 19 boards in the loss. Nonetheless, defense for Cleveland was nonexistent as the Raptors shot 49% from the floor for the night while also allowing all starters for Toronto to end in double figures as they were led by Kawhi Leonard with 34 points along with nine rebounds in the much-needed victory.
In all, look for this game to be yet another contest to where the Cavaliers will look to continue to show positive progress versus a Brooklyn team that is suffering with much of the same problems. It is for this reason that this matchup on Monday night will certainly be an interesting one in that I will be interested to see how both teams will perform after a set of deflating losses.
Brooklyn Nets's Latest Performance :
The Nets continue to struggle due to their inability to find a consistent scorer. Russell indeed possesses the playmaking ability along with overall skills in which to fit the bill; However, he has struggled as well thus far in the season and has not maintained any type of consistency as of yet. As stated, Crabbe led the team in scoring in their last outing versus the Wizards as the team shot 37% from the field while making 8 of 33 3-point attempts for the night. The Nets also committed 17 turnovers versus a Washington team that was on fire in shooting 51% from the floor while also getting 30 points from John Wall in the meantime.
The defense for Brooklyn is allowing teams to shoot 46% from the floor on a nightly basis while the Nets have allowed at least 125 points in two of their last four games, overall. They will certainly look to come out of a funk versus a team in the Cavaliers that have struggled just as much, if not more, than they have in 2018.
How Cleveland Cavaliers & Brooklyn Nets Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Cleveland is 11 – 11 ATS while the OU is 9 -13
Brooklyn is 10 – 14 ATS while the OU is 12 – 12
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
As stated, both these teams are very similar in that they are each struggling to find consistent scorers while their defenses are terrible. On the other hand, they have also struggled in getting stops on the defensive end due to their lack of cohesiveness in playing sound defense. With that being the case, possibly look for this game to be a high-scoring affair as neither team has really learned the art of playing solid team defense in the NBA as of yet.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers
My reason for the pick :
I will pick the road team to get a win in this contest despite their last loss for the Raptors as the Cleveland Cavaliers had some much needed players step up on the offensive end despite the loss. It is for this reason that I expect the Cavaliers to have a decent night on both ends of the floor versus a struggling team in the Nets en route to victory. Of course, the Nets will certainly make a game out of it for a bit; However, Cleveland will begin to take control late in the game, thus allowing them to pick up a win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest due to both teams inability to play consistent defense throughout 48 minutes. And while the offenses for both teams have struggled mightily this season, expect both to be licking their chops for this matchup on Monday night as they will certainly be looking to come out of an offensive funk versus two subpar defenses.
Betting trends for Cleveland Cavaliers:
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
Over is 4-1-1 in Cavaliers last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Betting trends for Brooklyn Nets:
- Nets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Nets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.