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Cavaliers vs Rockets NBA Game Preview

Cleveland CavaliersHouston Rockets
March 22, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets Odds

22-46TEAM RECORD37-31

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Friday when the Rockets try to run the Cavaliers off the court at Toyota Center in pro hoops action.

The Rockets sit at 37-31 (35-32-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Cavaliers are currently 22-46 (36-32 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Houston is 35-33 OU, and Cleveland is 36-32 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
The Rockets were listed as 13-point favorites at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), with the total was listed at 207.5 over at 5Dimes earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Rockets sit at No. 11 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Cavaliers are at No. 27 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Rockets will win this game 105-98.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cavaliers rank No. 25 in the league with 40.7 per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA’s No. 1-ranked team at 10.7 per game, while the Cavaliers rate No. 16 with 7 per contest.

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 21-rated defense on the road, giving up 102.2 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 98-95 loser as they battled the Heat at home. The Cavaliers covered in the match as a 11.5-point underdog, while 193 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Wayne Ellington scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Cavaliers to victory (they lost 98-95 to Miami at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday).

Last time out for Houston, they were a 100-93 winner as they battled the Jazz at home. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite, while 193 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Houston got 29 points from James Harden en route to a 100-93 victory over Utah on Wednesday at Toyota Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 4-6
After playing Utah are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

A few Cavaliers at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games at home
Houston is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Boston, Wednesday, March 27
Houston home to San Antonio, Sunday, March 24