Cleveland Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 3/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets
Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+1.5)
The Houston Rockets (11-20) play the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-21) at Toyota Center on Monday. Cleveland opens this matchup as 1.5-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 226.5.
The Cleveland Cavaliers faced off with the Philadelphia 76ers and went home with a win by a final score of 112-109 in their last game. Cleveland finished having earned a 42.3% field goal percentage (41 of 97) and made 8 of 24 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Cavaliers made 22 of their 29 shots for a percentage of 75.9%. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they earned 53 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 24 dimes in this contest as well as forcing the other team into 18 turnovers and having 11 steals. In regard to defense, Cleveland allowed 45.2% from the field on 38 of 84 shooting. Philadelphia distributed 25 dimes and had 9 steals in the matchup. In addition, Philadelphia collected 46 boards (8 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 10 blocks. Philadelphia ended up going 65.7% at the charity stripe by burying 23 of 35 attempts. They made 10 of their 28 tries from 3-point range.
Collin Sexton is one guy who was a factor for the contest. He ended up finishing with 28 points on 11 out of 27 shooting. He played for 44:30 minutes and collected 5 boards. Sexton finished the contest at 40.7% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. One more player that had an impact in this contest for the Cavaliers was Darius Garland. He pulled down 2 rebounds in his 42:08 min on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 37.5% from the field for the game by shooting 9-of-24 (25 points). Overall, Garland had accumulated 9 assists.
Cleveland comes into this contest with a mark of 13-21 for the year. The Cavaliers are shooting 34.5% on shots from beyond the arc (320 of 928) and 71.9% from the free throw line. They are averaging 104.5 points per contest (30th in the NBA) while hitting 45.2% from the floor. They are giving up possession 15.7 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Cleveland is grabbing 43.7 rebounds per contest and has earned 796 dimes for the campaign, which is 19th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Cavaliers are forcing 15.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.3 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 40.2% on three-point shots and they are 19th in the league in PPG allowed (112.6). The Cavaliers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 48.1% (525 of 691) and they surrender 43.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 21st in the league in giving up assists with 842 relinquished on the season.
In their last game, the Houston Rockets took a defeat with a final score of 122-111 when they played the Toronto Raptors. The Rockets were able to collect 30 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 37 for the matchup. They also gave up possession 11 times, while earning 4 steals in the matchup. The Raptors were called for 20 personal fouls for this game which took the Rockets to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to convert 17 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 85.0%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Houston buried 16 out of their 47 attempts (34.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Rockets finished 39 out of 91 from the field which had them shooting 42.9%. The Rockets permitted the Raptors to make 40 out of their 89 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.9% in the game. They finished 39.0% from behind the 3-point line via 16 of 41 and walked away from this one shooting 26 out of 27 from the free throw line (96.3%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Houston permitted Toronto to snag 48 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Victor Oladipo was important for the Rockets for the game. He knocked down 9 out of 21 in this game giving him a rate of 42.9%, and totaled 5 rebounds. Oladipo accumulated 27 points in his 36:25 mins of playing time and had 4 dimes for the game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Houston was John Wall. He left the arena with 12 assists in 36:27 minutes on the court, and he put in 9 out of 21 from the floor. Wall ended the game having shot 42.9% from the field while also contributing 21 points and 2 rebounds.
Houston has a win-loss record of 11-20 this season. Houston has accumulated 3,369 points so far this year (108.7 per game) and they pull in 43.1 boards per game. The Rockets have committed 20.3 fouls per contest and they go 75.3% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Rockets are shooting 44.3% from the field, which is 26th in basketball. They are assisting teammates 22.8 times per game (25th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.7 times per contest. The Rockets defensively are ranked 14th in the league in PPG given up with 111.9. They give up 23.0 dimes and 47.9 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 4th and 28th in the NBA. The Houston defense allows 36.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (378 of 1,026) and opponents are converting on 77.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 15.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (9th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (-1.5)
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