Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 1/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (-2.5)
The Cleveland Cavaliers (7-7) play the Brooklyn Nets (9-7) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Friday. Brooklyn opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 218.5.
The Brooklyn Nets played the Cavaliers and took a loss by a score of 147-135 in double overtime in their last contest. Brooklyn ended the contest with a 45.3% field goal percentage (48 of 106) and made 15 of 41 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Nets converted 24 of their 27 attempts for a rate of 88.9%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 52 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 30 dimes for this contest while getting 8 steals and 11 rejections. In relation to defense, Brooklyn allowed the other team to shoot 51.4% from the floor on 56 out of 109 shooting. Cleveland totaled 29 dimes and had 10 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Cavaliers grabbed 50 rebounds (12 offensive, 38 defensive) and got 6 blocks. Cleveland shot 71.4% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of their 21 attempts. They also buried 20 out of their 40 shots from distance.
Kevin Durant is a guy who was important in this matchup. He ended up finishing with 38 points on 12 out of 25 shooting. He played for 50:09 minutes played and also collected 12 boards. Durant ended up going 48.0% from the floor and also distributed 8 dimes. Someone else that was a major contributor in the game for the Nets was Kyrie Irving. He snagged 2 rebounds and accumulated 3 dimes. He finished 53.6% from the floor for the contest by connecting on 15-of-28 (37 points). When the final whistle blew, Irving played 48:22 minutes.
Brooklyn comes into this game with a record of 9-7 for the year. They turn it over 16.1 times per game and as a squad they are committing 18.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Brooklyn is snagging 46.6 rebounds per contest and has racked up 420 dimes this year, which has them ranked 1st in the league in terms of passing. The Nets are hitting 40.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (232 of 580) and 81.2% from the charity stripe. They average 120.3 pts per game (3rd in basketball) while shooting 49.1% from the field. On the defensive end, the Nets are able to force 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.4 personal fouls. The Nets are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 45.2% (212 of 326) and they relinquish 45.3 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 29th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 403 conceded this year. They are giving up 36.7% from 3-point land and they rank 25th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (115.8).
In their win against the Nets, the Cavaliers were able to corral 38 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 50 in the matchup. They also rejected 6 tries while getting 10 steals in this contest. The Nets earned 24 personal fouls for the game which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for 21 shots. They were able to make 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 71.4%. In the matter of shots from beyond the perimeter, Cleveland made 20 out of their 40 tries (50.0%). When the game finished, the Cavaliers finished the game shooting 56 out of 109 from the field which had them at 51.4%. The Cavaliers allowed the Nets to bury 48 of 106 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.3% in this game. They finished 36.6% from three-point range by going 15 out of 41 and walked away from this one shooting 24 out of 27 at the free throw line (88.9%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Cleveland permitted Brooklyn to pull down 52 in total (13 offensive).
Collin Sexton ended up being a factor for the Cavaliers for the game. He knocked down 16 out of 29 in this contest for a field goal rate of 55.2%, which gave him 42 points. Sexton grabbed 5 rebounds in his 38:12 mins of time on the court and had 5 dimes in this game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Cleveland was Cedi Osman. He was able to score 25 points in his 50:22 mins on the court by way of 9 of 17 from the floor for the game. Osman wrapped this one up going 52.9% from the field as well as earning 7 assists and 7 boards.
Cleveland has a win-loss mark of 7-7 this year. The Cavaliers are committing 19.0 fouls every game while shooting 66.7% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 24.2 times per contest (20th in the league) and they cough up possession 16.3 times per contest. Cleveland has accounted for 1,440 pts for the campaign (102.9 per game) and they pull down 44.3 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cavaliers are shooting 44.9% from the field, which is 19th in basketball. The Cavaliers defensively are ranked 4th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 106.1. The Cleveland defense concedes 39.2% on 3-point shots (188 of 479) and their opponents are converting on 74.4% of their free throw shots. They concede 25.1 assists and 46.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 16th and 20th in the league. They are able to force 18.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.7% from the floor (15th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Cleveland (+2.5) and over 218.5 points
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