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Cavs are a Good Bet to Bounce Back

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Tonight in New Orleans the disappointing Pelicans will welcome the Eastern Conference leading Cleveland Cavaliers to the Smoothie King Center (Yes, that’s the arena’s name) for Friday night hoops action. The Pelicans were expected to push for a playoff spot this year, but after a 4-15 SU start that doesn’t look likely. They’ve also been a fairly miserable team to wager on this season as they’ve gone just 6-13 ATS.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Cleveland's last 13 games.
  • New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games.
  • The Cavaliers are 18-5 SU in their last 23 games vs the Western Conference.

The Cavaliers are coming off of their first home loss of the season—a 97-85 defeat at the hands of the Wizards. The game was also their worst performance of the season, so a game vs the lowly Pelicans might be just what they need to start clicking again. LeBron and company have responded well after a loss as they’ve gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss.

The teams split their two games last season. Both were high scoring affairs totalling 229 and 233 points. Tonight’s total opened at 207 and the Cavs away O/U record combined with the Pelicans home O/U record is 10-6.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the New Orleans Pelicans as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as 5.5-point underdogs on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 204.5 for Friday at shops such as MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 106-98 victory for the Cavaliers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs New Orleans Pelicans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

New Orleans battles the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently with a 13-5 mark (7-11 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 8-11 for the New Orleans Pelicans and 10-8 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Orleans vs Cleveland injuries news.

This game pits the New Orleans Pelicans, currently No. 24 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who rate No. 4 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New Orleans's No. 11-ranked offense averaging 101.63 PPG, against a Cleveland Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 6 at 96.56 PPG. The New Orleans Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 43.91% so far, less than the Cleveland Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.44% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

LeBron James scored 24 points and added 24 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 97-85 against Washington in NBA action at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Pelicans wasted a 29-point performance from Anthony Davis as Houston ran past them 108-101 on Wednesday at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Cleveland is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Cleveland's last 13 games
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • New Orleans is 4-19 SU in its last 23 games
  • New Orleans is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • New Orleans is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Miami, Saturday, December 5th
New Orleans home to Boston, Monday, December 7th