Portland Blazers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 5/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-7.5)
The Portland Blazers (36-29) head to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Wednesday where they'll meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-43). The odds on this matchup have Portland as 7.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 224.5.
The Portland Blazers faced the Atlanta Hawks and took a loss by a score of 123-114 in their last contest. Portland ended the game with a 45.3% field goal percentage (43 out of 95) and converted 17 of their 41 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Blazers made 11 of their 14 attempts for a rate of 78.6%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 39 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 25 assists for the game while creating 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Regarding defending, Portland let their opponent shoot 52.4% from the field on 44 out of 84 shooting. Atlanta distributed 32 assists and had 6 steals in the game. Furthermore, Atlanta totaled 49 rebounds (5 offensive, 44 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Atlanta ended up going 83.3% from the free throw line by making 15 of their 18 tries. They buried 20 out of their 41 tries from beyond the arc.
Damian Lillard is a guy who was a major factor for this game. He accumulated 33 points on 11 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 33:35 mins played and also totaled 2 rebounds. Lillard ended up going 57.9% from the floor and totaled 8 assists. One more player that was a factor in this matchup for the Blazers was CJ McCollum. He totaled 5 rebounds in his 32:24 minutes played on the night. He finished shooting 44.4% from the field in this contest via 8-of-18 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, McCollum collected 7 assists.
Portland steps onto the court with a record of 36-29 for the campaign. The Blazers are shooting 38.3% on 3-pointers (1,028 of 2,687) and 82.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.3 points per game (5th in the NBA) while connecting on 44.9% from the floor. They are giving up possession 11.2 times per game and as a team they commit 19.0 fouls per game. As a unit, Portland is grabbing 44.2 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,365 dimes so far this season, which is 30th in the league in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Blazers are forcing 12.6 turnovers every game while drawing 18.9 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 20th in the league in giving up assists with 1,648 conceded for the year. The Blazers defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.8% (820 of 1,227) and they relinquish 45.6 rebounds per game as a team. They are relinquishing 37.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 23rd in basketball in PPG allowed (114.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a loss by a score of 124-107 when they played the Miami Heat. The Cavaliers corralled 30 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 39 in the game. They gave up possession 18 times, while recording 3 steals in this game. The Heat were called for 16 fouls in the game which took the Cavaliers to the free throw line for a total of 17 shots. They were able to bury 13 of them for a percentage of 76.5%. With regard to shots from 3-point land, Cleveland converted 20 out of 40 attempts (50.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Cavaliers finished shooting 37 out of 74 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. The Cavaliers allowed the Heat to bury 47 out of their 87 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 54.0% in this contest. They finished shooting 50.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 18 of 36 and finished the game at 12 of 15 at the free throw line (80.0%). In regard to rebounding, Cleveland permitted Miami to snag 37 in all (10 offensive).
Collin Sexton was important for the Cavaliers for this game. He knocked down 8 of 20 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 40.0%, and earned 4 rebounds. Sexton accumulated 25 points in his 38:50 mins of playing time and tallied 8 dimes for the contest. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Cleveland was Kevin Love. He ended up with 3 assists in 29:06 mins played, and he knocked down 9 of 14 from the floor. Love ended up shooting 64.3% from the field and also totaling 25 points and 6 total rebounds.
Cleveland has a win-loss mark of 21-43 for the year. The Cavaliers are committing 18.5 personal fouls per contest and they hit 74.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.1 times per contest (20th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 15.5 times per contest. Cleveland has scored 6,648 points this season (103.9 per game) and they average 42.5 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cavaliers are hitting on 45.4% from the field, which is 23rd in the league. The Cavaliers on the defensive end are ranked 14th in basketball in PPG given up with 111.4. They have conceded 25.1 assists and 43.5 boards per game, which is 17th and 14th in the league. The Cleveland defense concedes 38.2% on 3-point attempts (794 of 2,076) and opponents are converting on 77.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 14.9 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.2% from the field (28th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (+7.5)
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