The Cleveland Cavaliers (45-28) sit comfortably in fourth in the Eastern Conference as they prepare for the Brooklyn Nets (39-32), which promises to be a blockbuster on Tuesday in New York City.
The Cavs are coming off a comfortable win over the Washington Wizards (117-94). Darius Garland (24), Donovan Mitchell (20), and Evan Mobley (20) proved to be too much for the Wizards. Caris LeVert also had a 15-point game coming off the bench. With the win, the Cavs look to be qualifying for the playoffs with ease.
However, their opponents tonight, the Brooklyn Nets, are still trying to recover from all the transitions that happened this season. Ever since the big names departed the Nets, they have been struggling to find the correct balance. The team has slipped to sixth in the East, courtesy of a three-game losing streak.
Their latest defeat was against the Denver Nuggets (108-102). Mikal Bridges continued his fine form with 23 points to his name while Nic Claxton added 19 points. However, it all fell short as Michael Porter Jr. (28), Nikola Jovic (22), and Jamal Murray (25) were too much to handle for the Nets. The team from New York will have to come up with wins to stay in the qualifying race.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets: Match Details
Fixture: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Brooklyn Nets
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 21, 07:30 p.m ET
Venue: Barclays Center, New York City
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets: Injury Report
There are not a lot of injuries surrounding the two teams at the moment. Jarrett Allen is questionable for the Cavs tonight due to an eye injury.
As for the Nets, Dorian Finney-Smith is questionable with a wrist injury whereas Ben Simmons is out indefinitely due to a knee injury.
Cavaliers vs Nets: Injury List
|Jarrett Allen||Cleveland Cavaliers||Questionable||Eye|
|Dorian Finney Smith||Brooklyn Nets||Questionable||Wrist|
|Ben Simmons||Brooklyn Nets||Out||Knee|
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets: Betting Odds
|Cleveland Cavaliers||-150||-3 (-110)||O 218.5 (-110)|
|Brooklyn Nets||+130||+3 (-110)||U 218.5 (-110)|
Cavaliers vs Nets: Starting 5s
Cavs: F Isaac Okoro, F Lamar Stevens, C Evan Mobley, G Darius Garland, G Donovan Mitchell
Nets: F Cameron Johnson, F Dorian Finney-Smith, C Nic Claxton, G Mikal Bridges, F Spencer Dinwiddie
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets: Betting Prediction
The two teams have faced each other only once this season when the Nets defeated the Cavs 125-117. However, there have been drastic changes in the Nets team since then, which certainly puts them at a disadvantage.
There is not a lot of difference between the two teams in offense, but certainly a massive difference in defense. The Cavs are ranked No.1 in the league in defense compared to the Nets at 12. But their away form is a bit concerning at 16-20 whereas the Nets at home are decent at 19-14. Even if the Nets won’t win this game, expect them to cover the spread tonight.