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Cavaliers vs Suns Prediction, Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks

Teams Hit Midpoint of Schedule With Rematch

Phoenix Desperate for Turnaround

Four days after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Phoenix Suns at home, they’ll try to defeat them on the road and keep the Suns in a tailspin. Phoenix will be try to avoid falling below 500 at the halfway point of their season, a somewhat unthinkable notion a few weeks ago when they sat atop the Western Conference.

It was a nail-biter when these teams met in Cleveland and the rematch will offer up another great opportunity for some online gambling. Read on for more on the rematch in the desert and be sure to check out all the NBA odds, stats, injury reports, and NBA lines for the Cavaliers vs Suns in this NBA betting preview.

Cavaliers vs Suns Prediction, Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks
Cavaliers vs Suns Prediction, Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks

Cavaliers vs Suns Betting Lines

Cavaliers vs Suns Picks & Prediction

We hit the target in last week’s matchup, correctly nailing a narrow Cavaliers win in what we forecasted would be a low-scoring game. These teams hit the under with regularity and there are so many physical issues, so start your wagering again with that choice.

As for the spread, seeing the Suns get 4½ points at home is really something. They’re struggling so much and are so banged up that it makes sense, but it’s just remarkable how far they’ve fallen in such a short time. There is some pride and motivation in the locker room, however, and just as Cleveland has been a poor road team Phoenix has been very solid at home. Take the Suns to cover in another tight one.

Cleveland is listed at -190 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Cavaliers, you have a chance to win $53. Phoenix is at +163, offering a chance to win $163 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Cleveland a 65.52% chance to win, with the Suns at 38.02%.

Cavaliers vs Suns Game Information

  • Game: Cavaliers (25-15) vs Suns (20-20)
  • Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Day/Time: Sunday, Jan. 8, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Cavaliers vs Suns Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

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Cavs Start Trip with a Thud

Cleveland opened its current five-game road trip with a 121-108 loss at Denver on Friday, snapping a three-game winning streak. Donovan Mitchell sat out the loss to get some rest but he figures to be back out there hoping for a better performance than the one he had last week vs the Suns.

 

Two nights after his franchise-record 71-point performance, Mitchell was held to 20 points on 6-for-20 shooting by Phoenix, although he did have an assist on Evan Mobley’s game-winning shot in the closing seconds.

 

Mitchell’s mate in the backcourt, Darius Garland, returned Friday from a three-game absence but admitted he was still bothered by a thumb injury. Watch his status as you prepare to make a bet online.

For the Cavaliers as a whole, Friday’s result continued a season-long trend in which they followed up success at home with some issues on the road. They enter Sunday with the most home wins in the NBA (18) but their 7-11 road record is tied for the worst among winning teams.

Suns Unable to Rise Without Booker

If Devin Booker wants to win an argument over why he could be the league’s MVP, he might point to the way the Phoenix Suns are playing without him. The 2021 Western Conference champs and the team with the best record in the NBA last season are suffering through their second five-game losing streak since the start of December and points are at a premium.

Phoenix managed only six 3-pointers – one by its bench – in Friday’s 104-96 loss to Miami at home. It was the Suns’ third straight game held under 100 points, including the setback in Cleveland two nights earlier.

To make matters worse, point guard Chris Paul left in the second quarter with a hip injury and is questionable for this one. Phoenix was actually able to play pretty good ball when Paul was out for an extended period earlier in the season, but Booker and/or Cameron Payne were around for the bulk of that. Both will be out Sunday as they nurse their respective injuries.

The Suns are looking to avoid their first six-game losing streak since they lost eight in a row in 2019-20. They’re also hoping to avoid falling under .500 for the first time since they were 2-3 five games into last season.

Cavaliers vs Suns Head-to-Head

Cleveland’s win last week snapped a five-game slide against Phoenix. The Suns own a 69-49 advantage all time.

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