On Thursday night, the Brooklyn Nets will host the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they will be thinking about getting their own back. The Cavaliers won the first meeting by 6 points on Tuesday at Barclays Center, and they will look to do the same thing tonight.
With NBA betting odds opening with the Cavaliers as 4-point road favorites and the Over/Under at 219, oddsmakers think the visitors will win again. My best free NBA picks and predictions for the March 23 matchup between the Cavaliers and the Nets.
Cavaliers vs. Nets picks and predictions
We all knew that the re-acquired Spencer Dinwiddie from the Kyrie Irving deal would be less productive and explosive than a scorer. He has, however, been a more effective facilitator than I had anticipated.
Dinwiddie dished out 11 assists against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, making it five times in his last six games that he has recorded double-digit assists.
Dinwiddie ranks seventh in the league in passes made and eighth in potential assists per game (16.1) since the beginning of the month, suggesting that the volume assures the consistency of his production of his passing.
The Cavaliers have been great on defense this year, but they’ve been vulnerable on the road where opponents have shot 48% against them. Bet on Dinwiddie’s assist total to go Over 8.5.
Cavaliers vs Nets spread analysis
With a 46-28 record and seven wins in their last nine games, the Cavaliers are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. They defeated the Nets 115-109 in their most recent game by outscoring them by 23 points in the second and third quarters.
Brooklyn fell to 39-33 overall and 6th in the Eastern Conference after its fourth straight defeat (and third straight at home). Since trading Kevin Durant, the Nets have gone 6-11 with a minus-4.9 net rating.
Bridges is averaging 25.4 points per game for his new squad, but he and Dinwiddie could be better than Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Since making that trade, Brooklyn has slumped to 27th in offensive rating, averaging just 109.6 ppg on a 44.3 FG% that ranks dead last in the NBA.
With their new roster, the Nets need to prioritize defense but have been mediocre so far. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, have been the league’s best defensive team all year long, ranking first in defensive rating (109.7) while also placing ninth in opponent field goal percentage (46.8%) and fourth in opponent turnover rate (15.6%).
The Cavaliers’ offensive efficiency has helped them to a ninth-place league ranking in offensive rating (115.4) and fifth-place in field goal percentage (48.9%).
Donovan Mitchell, an All-Star point guard, leads the team in scoring at 27.4 points per game, and Darius Garland, another point guard, chips in 21.9 points and 7.8 assists per contest.
Cavaliers vs. Nets Over/Under Analysis
The Cavaliers have the best defense in the NBA, allowing just 106.6 points per game, more than three points less than second-place Miami.
The Cavaliers make it difficult to score in the paint thanks to the presence of Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. Brooklyn isn’t prepared to take advantage of their 3-point shooting woes, where they are weaker.
Following the trade deadline, the Nets’ 3 point percentage dropped from 39.2 before the deadline to 35.1 after losing Irving and Durant.
The Nets’ defense ought to be stronger than it has been recently. Center Nic Claxton, forward Dorian Finney-Smith, and Bridges are all great defenders because of coach Jacque Vaughn’s emphasis on physical play. You can find great odds for this game on online NBA betting sites.