Cleveland Cavaliers vs Portland Trailblazers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-16-2019




Cleveland Cavaliers vs Portland Trailblazers	 Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-16-2019

Cleveland Cavaliers (9-35) vs Portland Trailblazers (26-19)

Date : 01/16/2019
Time : 10:00 pm EST
Location : Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Portland Trailblazers

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, to battle the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday night at 10 pm EST.  After going 0-2 on their current six game road trip, the Cavs were able to pick up a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers as Cedi Osman along with Collin Sexton pumped in 20 and 17 points in the win as Cleveland picked up their first win in 12 games.  

The Blazers on the Other hand, have hit a bit of turbulence as they ended a two-game road trip 0-2 as they followed up a loss to the Denver Nuggets in their outing prior with a loss to the Sacramento Kings in their last outing. In this game, De’Aaron Fox hit some big baskets down the stretch in which to sneak out the victory for the home team while ending with 16 points along with nine rebounds. On the other hand, Damian Lillard powered in 35 points for the Blazers in the loss while CJ McCollum went only 2-14 from the floor on the night. The under has been the play in the last eight meetings amongst these two teams at the Moda Center while the Cavaliers are 0-5 against the spread in the last five meetings in Portland.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers's Latest Performance :

The Cleveland Cavaliers will certainly be looking to add to their momentum of a huge victory over the Lakers in their last outing. The Cavaliers were able to get contributions from each of the members of their starting five beginning with Osman & Sexton, who had 20 and 17 points, as stated. Nonetheless, Tristan Thompson also chipped in 15 points while having 14 rebounds on the night. Furthermore, Rodney Hood along with Alec Burks also had 18 and 17 points for the Cavaliers as Burks pulled down 11 rebounds in the much-needed victory for Cleveland. ”Any time you go through a rebuilt process you’re going to have bumps in the road, that’s to be expected,” Drew said. ”But the most important thing for this group is that they learn and there is growth. We understand where we are and who we are, and the most important thing for us right now is just to continue to grow every game we play.”

And while Cleveland did not shoot well from the field at just 43% for the contest, they relegated the Lakers to shooting under 40% from the floor along with 20% from three-point range as the Lakers continued to struggle without LeBron James in the lineup due to a groin injury; Yet, Los Angeles had two 20 point scorers in Kyle Kuzma along with Brandon Ingram as they scored 29 and 22 points for the Lakers while combining for 15 rebounds. Things will certainly not  get easier for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they proceed to the last three games of their road trip versus the Blazers, Utah, while ending with the Denver Nuggets. It would also be important to note that Cleveland will have had three days rest before their matchup with the Blazers as this will be their first meeting of the year.

 

Portland Trailblazers's Latest Performance :

On a night where Damian Lillard became the fastest player to reach the 12,000 point plateau for the Portland Trail Blazers, the point guard also chipped in 35 points in their loss versus the Sacramento Kings on the road in their last outing, as stated. Jusuf Nurkic also chipped in 11 points for the Blazers as CJ McCollum was non-existent as he ended with just six points in the loss. A dismal fourth-quarter certainly put Portland behind the 8-ball in this contest as they were outscored 30 – 17 during this time while going down by 10 at the break.

Sacramento edged Portland throughout the remainder of the game due to their ability to shoot 49% from the floor while capitalizing on 14 turnovers for Portland throughout the contest. Aside from Fox, Buddy Hield poured in 19 points for Sacramento while Willie Cauley-Stein along with Marvin Bagley III  putting in 13 and 16 points, respectively, as Bagley recorded yet another Double-Double on the season with 11 rebounds.

Portland will now return home where they are winners of four straight games in which to gain a bit more confidence and momentum moving forward versus a team in Cleveland that recently halted an extended losing streak versus the Lakers. In fact, after allowing opponents to put up an average of 137 points in their four games prior to their meeting with the Lakers at Staples Center, the Cavaliers allowed just 95 points to their opponent in this contest en route to the victory.

 

How Cleveland Cavaliers & Portland Trailblazers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Cleveland is 20-24 ATS while the OU is 22-21

Portland is 23-22 ATS while the OU is 20-24

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to extend their current momentum with their win over Los Angeles. On the other hand, Portland will be looking to come out of their current slump to where their defense, which is been the tip of the spear in their recent success, is allowing opponents to score 116 points per game in just their last two outings. Nonetheless, Portland has been dominating at home lately and will certainly be looking to turn the tide and get a win as soon as possible.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Portland Trail Blazers

My reason for the pick :

 

 

While many Kudos can be given to the Cleveland Cavaliers for halting an embarrassing losing streak in their last outing versus the Lakers, they will simply be no match for the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night as Portland will be looking to atone for their play in their last two outings to where they were simply outplayed late in each of their contests with the Nuggets along with the Lakers as they lost both outings by an average of just five points. Nonetheless, look for the home team to bitz the Cavaliers in this matchup as  Lillard is coming off of an outstanding outing and will certainly be looking to continue this momentum in this contest.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

Despite Cleveland allowing just 95 points to a short-handed Lakers squad, look for Portland to certainly capitalize off a horrible defense for Cleveland that has allowed opponents well over 130 points in their last five outings, overall. Also, expect Cleveland to put some points on the board early on as well as Portland has not been as efficient recently as they were during their prior winning streak. With that being said, look for the over to be the strong play in this matchup amongst these two teams on Wednesday night.

Betting trends for Cleveland Cavaliers:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
    Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
    Over is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 games following a ATS win.

Betting trends for Portland Trailblazers:

  • Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
    Under is 5-1-1 in Trail Blazers last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.

Falepa

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