Pelicans vs Cavaliers predictions 1/28/20 NBA Picks & Betting Tips
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans -4.5
Lonzo Ball and the New Orleans Pelicans (18-29, 5th in the Southwest Division) head to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Tuesday where they'll take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-34, 5th in the Central Division). New Orleans opens this game as 4.5 point favorites. The total opens at 231.5.
The Pelicans are covering the spread 51.1% of the time, having gone 23-22-2 ATS. Cleveland covers the spread 42.2% of the time, going 19-26-1 against the spread.
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
01/25/20 PG Jrue Holiday Knee is probable Sunday vs Boston
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
01/26/20 PG Brandon Knight Knee is out indefinitely
01/13/20 SG Dylan Windler Leg is out for season
01/06/20 SG Kevin Porter Jr. Knee is out indefinitely
Lonzo Ball comes into this game averaging 11.9 points per contest while playing 31.3 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 6.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 39% while his free throw percentage is 54%. Brandon Ingram averages 25.0 points per contest in 34.5 minutes per game. He averages 4.3 assists per game and 6.4 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Kevin Love scores 17.4 points per contest while playing 31.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 10.0 rebounds per contest and has 2.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Collin Sexton averages 19.3 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 31.9 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.3 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
New Orleans averages 114.5 points per contest, which is 6th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.9 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 17th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 5th in the NBA. They average 45.9 boards per contest and 25.6 assists per game, which ranks them 11th and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 4th with 15.7 per game. The Pelicans allow 117.4 points per contest, which is 28th in the NBA. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 22nd and 21st in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.0 rebounds a game which ranks 19th, and they allow 24.4 assists per game which puts them in 17th place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland is 27th in the NBA with 105.0 points per contest this season. They are 22nd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -9.24. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 23rd in the league. They are 20th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.1 boards per contest and 27th in assists per game with 21.7. The Cavaliers are 2nd in turnovers per contest with 16.3. The Cavaliers give up 114.2 points per game, which ranks them 21st in the league. Their defense surrenders a 49% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 29th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 29th with 25.8 dimes allowed per game and 5th with 43.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Cavaliers are 3rd in the league in forcing turnovers with 12.5 per contest this year.
The Pelicans are 17th in the league in defensive rating with 112.7, and their offensive rating of 109.9 is ranked 23rd. They are 5th in the NBA in pace with 103 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 11th. As a unit they are 17th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 5th in the NBA. New Orleans is 11th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 10th in the NBA.
Cleveland is 1st in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 56%, which is 2nd in the league. The Cavaliers are 23rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.1, and their defensive rating of 115.5 is ranked 29th. In terms of pace they are 24th in the league with 98.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 22nd. As a team they are 22nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 18th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Pelicans/Cavaliers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Cleveland +4.5
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