We've got a pair of teams Monday night looking to build on wins their last time out as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Let's take a closer look at where the value is at in this matchup.
Brooklyn Nets: -102
Cleveland Cavaliers: -114
Brooklyn Nets +1: -110
Cleveland Cavaliers -1: -110
Over 217.5: -110
Under 217.5: -110
Key Points to Consider
X-Factor: Brooklyn might be dealing with some tired legs Monday night as they enter the second night of a back-to-back. This is their third game in four nights, adding some context as to why the Cavs are slight favorites despite the Nets having a more talented roster.
Sine Numbers: The Nets are in the top third of the league in offensive output, but in the bottom third in scoring defense. What's somewhat surprising about this is the fact they're No. 4 in the league in rebounding, which usually is a sign of at least an average defensive team.
Momentum: Cleveland finally got back on track with a win over Portland after losing six straight games. Jordan Clarkson was huge off the bench as he went a perfect six-of-six from beyond the arc to finish with a season-high 28 points.
No Shooting: Cleveland is No. 28 in the league in scoring this season. Not surprising when you realize they are No. 26 in three-point shooting percentage. Inability to stretch the floor makes it tough to get any sort of offensive consistency in today's league.
For Brooklyn, Spencer Dinwiddie is projected to finish with 21 points on 47% shooting, 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal.
For Cleveland, Collin Sexton is projected to finish with 17 points on 46% shooting, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.
Brooklyn to cover.
Three-star (out of four) hot trend pick. Whereas most books have the Cavs as slight favorites, AccuScore sim data has the Nets winning more sims than do the Cavs. Average margin of victory in sims is Nets +3.
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