Nets Sinking Toward Play-In Pool
The Brooklyn Nets are suffering through their second four-game losing streak since the massive team shake-up and could soon find themselves out of the coveted top six in the Eastern Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who are firmly in that top six, delivered the most recent of those defeats and will try to make it two in a row when the teams meet in Brooklyn on Thursday.
Cavs Aim for Fourth Straight Road Win
With eight games left in the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just about settled into the No. 4 seed in the East. They’re four games behind third place and four clear of the New York Knicks in fifth, so they’ll begin resting players at some point. Take that into account in the final week when you glance at the NBA spreads.
Donovan Mitchell continued his spectacular season with 31 points – including this monster slam – in Cleveland’s 115-109 win at Brooklyn on Tuesday. The Cavaliers led by as many as 24 in a statement victory, their first at Barclays Center in over four years.
The postgame buzz was still on Mitchell’s dunk over Yuta Watanabe.
“It’s up there,” he said when asked if it was his best in-game slam. “I don’t know if it’s my best one, but it’s definitely up there.”
Mitchell is averaging 29.3 points over his last 16 games, a stretch that includes four 40-point efforts. He’s obviously finishing strong and a big reason why Cleveland is always a great choice when making your NBA picks.
Nets Struggling to Put Full Game Together
Brooklyn led by seven points after one quarter on Tuesday, and it made a solid push in the end, but it sandwiched those two good quarters around two bad ones. It’s keeping with a theme for a squad that is now 12-20 since Kevin Durant was hurt at Miami on Jan. 8.
“Again, it’s along those lines of putting four quarters together, it always seems like there’s one quarter that really punches us in the gut a little bit,” coach Jacque Vaughn said. “So we’ve got to be able to sustain throughout all those runs.”
Day’ron Sharpe was the lone Net to hit the 20-point mark on Tuesday, but he had 10 of his points in the fourth when his team was desperate to make up a big gap. He also had 11 rebounds – including nine on the offensive end – as Brooklyn largely controlled the glass in an otherwise lackluster effort.
The Nets are averaging 103.5 points on 43.8% shooting (31.8% from the arc) during the four-game slide. And they have a tough back-to-back at Miami and Orlando this weekend, so nabbing one win to finish the homestand would be massive.
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Cavaliers vs Nets Head-to-Head
Cleveland owns a 106-84 all-time series advantage. Brooklyn had won five of six meetings before the Cavaliers’ win on Tuesday.
Cavaliers vs Nets Game Information
- Game: Cavaliers (46-28) vs Nets (39-33)
- Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
- Day/Time: Thursday, March 23rd, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Cavaliers vs nets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Cavaliers vs Nets Picks and Prediction
The Nets will end their slide at some point. They’re being given four points in this one, and it’s tempting to go that route knowing that there will be a tinge of desperation in their play. A loss on Thursday means Brooklyn falls to seventh in the East, which is a play-in spot.
So lean towards the hosts to at least keep it close. Add on the under for what should be a tight, low-scoring affair.
Cleveland is listed at -175 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Cavaliers, you have a chance to win $57. Brooklyn is +150 offering a chance to win $150 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Cleveland a 63.64% chance to win, with the Nets at 40.00%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
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Cavaliers vs Nets Previous Game (Mar 21, 2023)
NBA’s Tuesday night action features a clash between the Cleveland Cavaliers (45-28) and the Brooklyn Nets (39-32) with playoff implications. The Nets have lost three consecutive games while going 0-3 against the spread (ATS). The Cavaliers are on the opposite end of the spectrum, going 3-1 over the last four games.
With only a few weeks before the end of the regular season, Brooklyn must bounce back as it hopes to avoid the NBA Play-In Tournament. Cleveland hopes to make a late surge for a top-three seed. Before making your NBA picks, check out everything to know for Tuesday’s matchup.