Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Predictions

by | Apr 12, 2022 | nba

Cleveland Cavaliers (44-38 SU, 42-36-4 ATS) vs. Brooklyn Nets (44-38 SU, 32-48-2 ATS)

When: Tuesday April 12 2022, 07:00 PM (ET)

Where: Barclays Center, Brookyln, New York

TV: TNT

Point Spread: CLE +8.5/BRO -8.5 (Opened BKLYN -8.5 at BAS - Bet on games at -105 there instead of -110! It’ll save you THOUSANDS of dollars and it’s FREE!)

Total: 228.5 (Opened at 229.5)

Money Line: Cleveland Cavaliers 300/Brooklyn Nets -400

Power Rating: BRO -9

Probable Starting Lineups

Cleveland Cavaliers PG Darius Garland, SG Caris LeVert, SF Isaac Okoro, PF Lauri Markkanen, C Evan Mobley

Brooklyn Nets PG Kyrie Irving, SG Seth Curry IN, SF Bruce Brown, PF Kevin Durant, C Andre Drummond

Key Injuries

Cleveland Cavaliers
Jarrett Allen: Finger (OUT)
Dean Wade: Knee (OUT)
Collin Sexton: Knee (OUT)

Brooklyn Nets
Seth Curry: Ankle (PROBABLE)
Ben Simmons: Back (OUT)
Goran Dragic: Illness (OUT)
Joe Harris: Ankle (OUT)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 07:00 PM ET at the Barclays Center.

Recent Form

The Cleveland Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 44-38, placing them 7th in the Eastern Conference. Throughout the season, Cleveland has struggled in their 41 road contests, sitting at 19-22. Over the Cavaliers’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. During this stretch, Cleveland is averaging 116.0 points per game, 8.0 points more than their season average of 107.8. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 110.0 points per contest. A key reason for Cleveland’s recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 113.0 points over their previous five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 105.7.In the Cleveland Cavaliers’ most recent game, Cleveland took down Milwaukee by a score of 133-115

The Brooklyn Nets come into this game with an overall record of 44-38, placing them 8th in the Eastern Conference. Throughout the season, Brooklyn has struggled in their 41 home contests, sitting at 20-21. The Nets have played well over their last five games, picking up 4 wins. During this stretch, Brooklyn is averaging 119.0 points per game, 6.0 points more than their season average of 112.9. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 112.0 points per contest. The Nets have been picking up victories while holding opponents to an average of 112.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 112.1. In the Brooklyn Nets’ most recent game, Brooklyn took down Indiana by a score of 134-126.

Individual Player Analysis

As Cleveland travels to take on the Brooklyn Nets, the Cavaliers’ leading scorer is Darius Garland. Through 68 games, Garland is averaging 21 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 57.0% of his games. So far, the Nets are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 50.0% of their games, placing them 14th among NBA defenses. On the other side, Kevin Durant leads the Nets in scoring, averaging 29 points across his 54 games. Throughout the season, Durant has outscored his season average in 46.0% of his outings. Given that Cleveland’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, Kevin Durant should be in line for a big performance. So far, the Cavaliers have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 55.88% of their games, giving them a rank of 27th among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

The Nets come into this game as the more efficient offensive team, averaging 109.9 points per 100 possessions. When playing as the superior offensive unit, Brooklyn is winning at a rate of 65%. These wins are coming by an average margin of 10.0 points. On the other side, the Cavaliers hold the advantage on the defensive end of the floor. So far, they have played 34 games as the better defensive team, picking up 17 wins.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets have met up for 4 games. In their last meeting, Brooklyn picked up a 118-107 win.

How the Public is Betting the Cavaliers vs Nets

67% are betting the Nets against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 228.5

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
  • Cavaliers are 26-10-2 ATS in their last 38 games following a ATS win.
  • Nets are 15-35-2 ATS in their last 52 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Nets are 11-28 ATS in their last 39 games as a favorite.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

The Brooklyn Nets come into this matchup having rattled off 4 straight wins, giving them home-court advantage as they try to work their way into the playoffs as the 7 seed. On the other side, after beginning the season as one of the biggest surprises in the NBA, Cleveland is stumbling into this game, winning just 3 out of their past 10 games. However, they have an opportunity to right the ship with an upset win over the Nets. However, if they pull out the win, it will come as 9 point underdogs on the road. In terms of statistical matchups, the Cavs hold the advantage in several key areas, including offensive rebounding and their ability to get to the free-throw line. Even though I see Cleveland falling short, look for them to cover the spread. Bet your NBA playoffs picks for FREE by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit up to $500 at Betnow Sportsbook! You must use bonus code PREDICTEM when registering for an account! Click here to sign up now!