Philadelphia 76ers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 12/27/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-5.5)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the venue where and the Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. The spread on this matchup has Philadelphia as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 218.5.
The Philadelphia 76ers faced off with the Washington Wizards and took home the win by a score of 113-107 in their last game. Philadelphia ended the game having earned a 47.1% field goal percentage (41 out of 87) and made 8 of their 28 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the 76ers converted 23 of their 30 attempts for a percentage of 76.7%. When discussing rebounding, they compiled a total of 47 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 22 dimes in this matchup while earning 11 steals and 8 blocked shots. In regard to defense, Philadelphia allowed the other team to go 45.9% from the floor on 39 of 85 shooting. Washington doled out 28 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Wizards had 40 rebounds (5 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Washington walked away from this one shooting 69.6% at the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of their 23 tries. They knocked down 13 of 27 shots from distance.
Joel Embiid is a player who was a factor in this game. He finished with 29 points on 10 of 17 shooting. He played for 34:50 minutes played and totaled 14 boards. Embiid went 58.8% from the floor and also distributed 2 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the game for the 76ers was Ben Simmons. He had 9 rebounds and also earned 7 dimes. He finished 58.3% from the field for the game by connecting on 7-of-12 (16 points). Overall, Simmons played 32:25 minutes.
Philadelphia enters this one after finishing with a mark of 43-30 last year. The 76ers hit on 36.8% on shots from 3-point land (848 of 2,307) and 75.5% from the free throw line. They had an average of 110.7 points per game (20th in the league) while connecting on 46.8% from the floor. They lost possession by turning the ball over 14.2 times per contest and as a squad committed 20.9 personal fouls every game. As a squad, Philadelphia grabbed 45.4 boards per contest and totaled 1,884 dimes over the course of last season, which was 8th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the 76ers were able to force their opponents into 13.8 turnovers per game and they drew 20.5 personal fouls. They surrendered 35.3% on 3-point shots and they ranked 6th in the league in points per game allowed (108.4). The 76ers gave up a field goal percentage of 46.3% (2,905 of 6,275) and they conceded 41.8 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They were ranked 9th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,661 relinquished last season.
The last time they took the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers got the victory with a final of 121-114 when they played the Charlotte Hornets. The Cavaliers earned 40 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 50 for the contest. They rejected 3 tries while recording 12 steals for the game. The Hornets had 17 fouls for the game which got the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for 20 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 75.0%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Cleveland knocked down 14 of 30 attempts (46.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Cavaliers went 46 out of 87 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 52.9%. The Cavaliers permitted the Hornets to make 45 out of 90 tries from the floor which had them shooting 50.0% in the game. They finished 36.4% from 3-point land by shooting 16 of 44 and ended up going 8 of 15 at the free throw line (53.3%). When it comes to rebounding, Cleveland allowed Charlotte to pull down 32 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Collin Sexton ended up being important for the Cavaliers in this game. He made 9 of 16 in this game giving him a rate of 56.3%, which had him finishing with 27 points. Sexton snagged 2 boards in his 37:05 minutes of playing time and had 5 assists for the matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Cleveland was Larry Nance. He racked up 13 points in his 33:34 minutes played by going 5 of 9 shooting in the game. Nance ended the game having shot 55.6% from the field and also totaling 8 dimes and 13 boards.
Cleveland had a record of 19-46 last season. Cleveland scored 6,948 pts throughout last season (106.9 per game) and they snagged 44.2 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Cavaliers hit 45.8% from the field, which ranked 19th in the NBA. The Cavaliers were responsible for committing 18.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 75.8% from the charity stripe. They assisted teammates 23.1 times per game (24th in basketball) and they lost possession via turnover 16.5 times per contest. The Cavaliers on defense were ranked 22nd in basketball in points given up per game with 114.8. The Cleveland defense gave up 37.5% on 3-pointers (804 of 2,143) and their opponents made 76.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They forced their opponents into 13.0 TO's per game and let teams shoot 49.1% from the field (30th in the league). They allowed 26.1 dimes and 42.9 rebounds every game, which had them ranked 29th and 6th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-5.5)
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