BEST ODDS TO BET ON:
- Underdogs: Cavaliers +7.5 (-110)
- Cavaliers vs Nets Over/Under: 228.5 points
The Cavaliers (34-20-2 ATS) were 22-50 SU last year but are 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS away from home since the All-Star break. Cleveland, however, closed out the regular season with a 9-17 SU and 9-16-1 ATS to tumble from a potential No.6 seed and a team qualifying outright for the playoffs to be dragged into the play-in tournament.
The Nets (31-46-3 ATS) closed out the regular season with a four-game winning streak, including a 134-126 victory over the Indiana Pacers in their regular season finale on Monday to ensure that they will hosting the Cavs and need only one victory to advance into the first round against No.2 seed Boston Celtics. Brooklyn enters the play-in tournament with an 18-24 skid, as the Nets are 20-21 SU and 10-31 ATS at home.
Cleveland snapped a three-game losing streak by posting a 133-115 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in the season finale on Monday to avoid going down to as low as the No.10 seed with a loss. The Cavs hope to get more from All-Star point guard Darius Garland, who averages 21.8 points, 8.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game), along with rookie Evan Mobley (14.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.6 blocks per game) to win on the road and reach the first round of the playoffs.
Final Predictions and Picks:
- Spread —116 Brooklyn Nets – 106 Cleveland Cavaliers
- Over/Under — OVER 228.5 points
A look at last time’s predictions:
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets Odds and Picks
Kevin Durant scored 36 points while Kyrie Irving had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 118-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and claim the No.7 seed in the Eastern Conference when the two teams face each other again in the play-in tournament on Tuesday.
Phoenix Suns vs Utah Jazz Odds and Picks
Devin Booker exploded with 33 points, DeAndre Ayton had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Paul tallied 16 points and 16 assists as the Phoenix Suns erased a 17-point fourth quarter deficit and defeated the Utah Jazz, 111-105, to reach 64 victories and extend the franchise record.
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