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Cavaliers face Nets: NBA odds preview

Cleveland CavaliersBrooklyn Nets
Dec 29, 7:30 PM | Barclays Center

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets Odds

7-24TEAM RECORD15-14

Cleveland pays a visit to Brooklyn on Saturday, hoping to send the Nets to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Barclays Center.

The Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 13-18 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Nets are 13-15-1 ATS. Cleveland is 16-15 against the total, while Brooklyn is 10-19 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Nets as 9-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 189, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Nets - Cavaliers odds would favor the Nets if the lines were set according to power ranks. Brooklyn is rated No. 15 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Cavaliers sit at No. 24. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 96-90 win for the Nets.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Brooklyn's No. 23-ranked offense (94.6 PPG) against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 19 at 99.3 PPG. The Nets have averaged 43.8% from the field per game, more than the Cavaliers have managed so far this season (41.5% on average).

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 15-rated defense on the road, giving up 99.2 points per game. Brooklyn, meanwhile, comes in at No. 21 in the league in scoring at home.

The Cavaliers were a 102-94 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Hawks. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (196) made winners of OVER bettors. The Cavaliers wasted a 28-point performance from Kyrie Irving as Atlanta ran past them 102-94 on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

In their last action, Brooklyn was a 97-81 winner at home against the Bobcats. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (178) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Brook Lopez scored 26 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for Brooklyn on Friday, leading the Nets to a 97-81 victory over Charlotte at Barclays Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Sacramento are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing San Antonio are 1-9
After playing Charlotte are 0-10
After a win are 6-4

A few Cavaliers at Nets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Brooklyn
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games on the road
Cleveland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Brooklyn's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games at home
Brooklyn is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland home to Sacramento, Wednesday, January 2
Brooklyn at San Antonio, Monday, December 31