Cleveland Cavaliers (38-28 SU 21-44-1 ATS) at Phoenix Suns (19-49 SU 31-35-2 ATS)
NBA: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. ET
The Cavaliers have lost two games in a row and since overhauling their roster they have only been a .500 club at 6-6. Cleveland is really banged up, as Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Rodney Hood, and Cedi Osman are all out with injuries. The team is led by their offense, which ranks 5th in the league in ppg while only ranking 26th in points allowed. Their D has really struggled in the last two games where they gave up 127 points and 116 points respectively.
The Suns are in a tailspin, losers of five in a row and 15 of their last 16 games. They have the 2nd fewest wins in the NBA and they have already been eliminated from the playoffs. On top of that in their last game, they lost to the Charlotte Hornets, who had lost five in a row. The defense has been the main issue for Phoenix on the season ranking dead last in the league in points allowed and they rank 19th in ppg.
The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four games between these teams.
This is the first game between these teams this season and they face off in Cleveland on March 23rd.
Not enough offense for poor defense
In their last game, the Cavaliers were on the road and while they put up 116 points their D struggled in their 127-116 loss to the L.A. Lakers. The Cavs were outscored in every quarter, but the 4th, and were outscored by 11 points in the 3rd quarter. For the game, they shot 46.6% from the floor with a 3-pt FG% of 38.7% and they allowed the Lakers to shoot 50% and 38.2% from deep. The Lakers also doubled-up on Cleveland with 14 offensive boards while only giving up seven. LeBron James was the high scorer for the Cavs with 24 points on 9/20 shooting with 10 rebounds and seven assists and Larry Nance Jr. had 16 points and eight rebounds. With Cleveland so banged up they will need some of their bench guys to step up in this game and King James has to lead the way. After totaling 70 points in two wins James has totaled 49 points in the last two games, which the Cavs have lost. On the season Cleveland is 16-17 on the road and they are in 4th placer in the Eastern Conference one half game back of the Indiana Pacers for the 3rd slot.
Good 4th quarter at least
The Suns were on the road in their last game where they lost to the Charlotte Hornets 122-115 where they outscored them by 15 points in the 4th quarter and still lost by seven. They were outscored by 14 points in the 3rd quarter and for the game, they shot the same FG% as Charlotte (50.6%) and much better from 3-pt land (56.3% to 40.6%), but they also had 15 turnovers. Troy Daniels was the high scorer for the Suns with 17 points and Dragan Bender and reserve Davin Reed each chimed in for 16 points. Leading scorer for the season Devin Booker (25.3 ppg) missed the Charlotte game with an injury and he is listed as probable for this game and has scored at least 30 points in six of his last seven games including his last two. 2nd leading scorer T.J. Warren (19.7 ppg) also missed the last game and is also listed as probable with the match-up with Cleveland. The Suns are only 9-24 at home on the season and they have the fewest home wins in the NBA.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are:
The Phoenix Suns are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games
- 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
Tough call in this one with Booker and Warren iffy to play, but even if they do I am taking the Cavs in this one. Yeah, they are banged up as well, but King James will have a big game and the other players will step up. Cleveland will win and cover snapping their two-game skid and sending Phoenix to their 6th loss in a row.