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Cavaliers visit Nets in hoops battle

Cleveland CavaliersBrooklyn Nets
29-44March 28, 2014, 07:30 | Barclays Center37-33

Cleveland travels to Brooklyn on Friday, hoping to boost its 29-44 mark with a victory over the Nets.

The Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 36-37 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Nets are 37-33 ATS. Cleveland is 33-39-1 against the total, while Brooklyn is 36-32-2 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Nets as -8.5-point Favorite in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 197.5 earlier at GTbets.eu.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Nets rated this week at No. 10 and the Cavaliers sitting at No. 20. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 91-88 result in favor of the Nets today.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 97-96 winner as they battled the Pistons on the road. The Cavaliers covered in the match as a 6-point underdog, while 193 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Matthew Dellavedova scored 21 points leading the Cavaliers to a 97-96 victory over Detroit at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday.

The Nets were a 116-111 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (227) made winners of OVER bettors. Brooklyn got 29 points from Deron Williams en route to a 116-111 loss against Charlotte on Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Brooklyn's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 98.33 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 16 at 101.56 PPG. The Nets field goal percentage has averaged 45.42% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 43.28% per game.

A few Cavaliers at Nets trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Brooklyn is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games
Brooklyn is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 5 games
Brooklyn is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Indiana, Sunday, March 30th
Brooklyn home to Minnesota, Sunday, March 30th