Philadelphia 76ers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 4/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-8.5)
The Philadelphia 76ers (32-15) go to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Thursday where they'll take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-30). Philadelphia opens this matchup as 8.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 214.5.
The Philadelphia 76ers took the court against the Denver Nuggets and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 104-95 in their last contest. Philadelphia wrapped up the game with a 42.7% FG percentage (35 of 82) and made 11 out of their 35 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the 76ers made 14 of their 15 attempts for a percentage of 93.3%. Pertaining to rebounding, they compiled 34 with 5 of them being offensive. They also doled out 18 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 20 turnovers and earning 14 steals. When discussing defense, Philadelphia allowed their opponent to shoot 48.1% from the field on 39 out of 81 shooting. Denver distributed 26 assists and had 9 steals for this contest. On top of that, Denver pulled down 51 rebounds (9 offensive, 42 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Denver finished the contest at 82.4% when shooting free throws by making 14 of 17 shots. They converted 12 of 31 tries from beyond the arc.
Tobias Harris is a guy who was a contributor for the matchup. He walked away with 12 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 25:59 mins and snagged 3 rebounds. Harris ended up shooting 46.2% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the game for the 76ers was Ben Simmons. He snagged 2 rebounds in 26:21 min played on the night. He finished the game shooting 57.1% from the field in this game by going 4-of-7 (11 points). When the final whistle was blown, Simmons accounted for 3 assists.
Philadelphia enters this game with a record of 32-15 on the year. They are losing possession via turnover 15.4 times per game and as a group are committing 20.5 fouls every game. As a team, Philadelphia is snagging 46.0 rebounds per game and has totaled 1,093 dimes this season, which is 21st in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The 76ers are hitting 36.9% on shots from beyond the arc (510 of 1,381) and 77.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 114.3 points per contest (10th in the league) while going 47.9% from the field. When they are on defense, the 76ers are able to force 15.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.1 fouls. They are 7th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,108 conceded on the year. The 76ers defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.1% (716 of 994) and they surrender 42.3 boards per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 36.3% on three-point shots and they are 7th in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.4).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a defeat with a final score of 114-75 when they faced the Utah Jazz. The Cavaliers collected 34 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 40 for the contest. They gave up possession 10 times, while earning 5 steals for the contest. The Jazz were called for 14 fouls in this matchup which got the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throws for a rate of 62.5%. With regard to 3-point attempts, Cleveland knocked down 7 of 34 tries (20.6%). When all was said and done, the Cavaliers finished shooting 29 out of 83 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 34.9%. The Cavaliers allowed the Jazz to bury 38 out of their 82 attempts from the floor which had them at 46.3% in this game. They finished the game shooting 46.3% from distance by going 19 of 41 and finished the game at 19 of 23 at the free throw line (82.6%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Cleveland permitted Utah to get 55 in all (9 offensive).
Collin Sexton was important for the Cavaliers in the matchup. He made 8 of 18 for this game for a rate of 44.4%, and earned 3 rebounds. Sexton tallied 20 points in his 35:21 minutes on the court and totaled 2 dimes in the game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Cleveland was Darius Garland. He finished with 5 dimes in his 35:35 mins on the court, and he converted 8 of 16 from the floor. Garland wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field while collecting 18 points and 5 boards.
Cleveland has a mark of 17-30 so far this season. When it comes to offense, the Cavaliers are hitting on 44.8% from the floor, which is ranked 24th in the league. Cleveland has tallied 4,837 pts so far this year (102.9 per contest) and they average 43.1 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 23.1 times per game (23rd in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.6 times per contest. The Cavaliers are committing 18.8 fouls per game and they shoot 72.5% from the charity stripe. The Cavaliers are ranked 13th in the league in PPG given up with 111.1. They are forcing 15.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.9% from the field (27th in the NBA). The Cleveland defense gives up 38.4% on 3-point attempts (580 of 1,510) and opponents are knocking down 77.5% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 24.0 dimes and 44.0 total boards per game, which is ranked 10th and 14th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (+8.5)
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