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Cavaliers Have Had All Sorts of Trouble Against Rockets

The city of Cleveland has experienced a lot of pain from its professional sports teams, but that’s changed in 2016. The Cavaliers, who erased a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to surprise the Golden State Warriors, will continue their early season homestand on Tuesday against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Next door, the Indians can close out the World Series with a win over the Chicago Cubs.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against the Cavaliers.
  • The favored team is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games in this matchup.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Rockets' last 10 games as an underdog of 9.5 or more.

Oddsmakers initially set the wine and gold as 8.5-point home chalk with a total of 218.

Defense wasn’t the Rockets’ calling card entering the season, but they’ve done very well in that department so far. Houston allowed an average of 95 points in back-to-back wins over the Dallas Mavericks, with Tuesday’s game marking the beginning of a five-game road trip that wraps up on November 9 against the San Antonio Spurs.

Cleveland’s big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love has picked up where it left off from the spring. James is averaging 21 points, 10 assists and 8.3 rebounds over the first three games despite not scoring more than 23 points in any of the contests. Irving has averaged 25 points with Love scoring 20 and nine rebounds in that span.

Houston has had a massive edge in this series of late. In the last eight meetings between the clubs, the Rockets are 7-1 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Cleveland Cavaliers opened as -8.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 218 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

A 117-95 result in favor of the Cavaliers is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Houston Rockets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Cleveland battles the Houston Rockets, currently with a 2-1 mark (1-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 0-2-1 for the Cleveland Cavaliers and 1-2 for the Houston Rockets. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Houston injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 3-rated Cleveland Cavaliers and the No. 11-rated Rockets in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland's No. 16-rated NBA squad against Houston's No. 21-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 2 in the league with 12 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 5 with 11 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rockets got 28 points from James Harden as Houston ran past Dallas 93-92 on Sunday at Toyota Center.

The Cavaliers got 23 points from LeBron James as Cleveland ran past Orlando 105-99 on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games at home
  • Cleveland is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at New York, Wednesday, November 2nd
Cleveland home to Boston, Thursday, November 3rd

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