San Antonio Spurs vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 3/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (-4.5)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the site where and the Cleveland Cavaliers (15-25) will play the San Antonio Spurs (21-16) on Friday. The odds on this matchup have San Antonio as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 228.
The San Antonio Spurs took the court against the Chicago Bulls and went home with a win by a final score of 106-99 in their last contest. San Antonio ended with a 42.7% field goal percentage (38 of 89) and buried 8 out of their 31 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Spurs buried 22 of 30 tries for a percentage of 73.3%. In regard to hauling in rebounds, they collected 46 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 19 dimes for the contest as well as creating 17 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In the matter of defense, San Antonio allowed the other team to go 44.0% from the floor on 40 out of 91 shooting. Chicago totaled 24 assists and had 6 steals for this game. On top of that, Chicago totaled 51 rebounds (14 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Chicago ended up going 88.9% at the free throw line by making 8 of their 9 attempts. They also knocked down 11 out of their 33 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Jakob Poeltl is a guy who came through in this matchup. He recorded 20 points on 9 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 33:42 mins played and also grabbed 16 rebounds. Poeltl walked away from this one shooting 81.8% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist. One more player that came through in the game for the Spurs was Derrick White. He collected 4 rebounds in 32:59 min on the hardwood. He finished the game at 28.6% from the field for the game by going 4-of-14 (17 points). When all was said and done, White had 5 assists.
San Antonio steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 21-16 this season. The Spurs are connecting on 36.1% on three-point attempts (401 of 1,111) and 78.5% from the free throw line. They have an average of 110.1 pts per contest (22nd in the league) on 45.7% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 11.3 times per contest and as a team they are committing 17.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, San Antonio is grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 918 dimes so far this year, which ranks 24th in the league in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Spurs are forcing 13.9 turnovers every game and they draw 18.4 fouls. They rank 4th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 915 relinquished this year. The Spurs defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.6% (1,543 of 3,310) and they concede 47.9 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are surrendering 37.7% on shots from distance and they are ranked 8th in basketball in points per game allowed (110.1).
The last time they took the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers took home the win by a final score of 117-110 when they faced the Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers snagged 33 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 40 in this matchup. They also turned the ball over 15 times, while getting 6 steals for this game. The Celtics earned 27 personal fouls for this game which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 33 shots. They were able to knock down 27 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.8%. When discussing 3-point shots, Cleveland knocked down 10 out of their 23 tries (43.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Cavaliers shot 40 out of 74 from the field which had them at 54.1%. The Cavaliers allowed the Celtics to make 40 out of 88 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.5% for the game. They finished 26.3% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 10 of 38 and ended up shooting 20 out of 29 at the free throw line (69.0%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Cleveland permitted Boston to get 40 in all (15 on the offensive side).
Collin Sexton ended up having an impact for the Cavaliers for this contest. He buried 10 out of 20 for the contest for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and totaled 7 rebounds. Sexton racked up 29 points in his 36:34 mins on the court and had 6 dimes for this contest. One more player that played a role for Cleveland was Darius Garland. He ended up with 6 dimes in his 37:52 minutes played, and he knocked down 9 of 16 from the floor. Garland walked away from this one going 56.3% from the field in addition to notching 25 points and 4 boards.
Cleveland has a win-loss record of 15-25 on the year. As an offense, the Cavaliers are connecting on 45.2% from the field, which ranks them 23rd in the league. Cleveland has totaled 4,144 pts on the campaign (103.6 per game) and they grab 43.1 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 23.2 times per game (23rd in the NBA) and they turn it over 15.8 times per game. The Cavaliers are responsible for committing 19.2 fouls per contest and they go 72.4% from the free throw line. The Cavaliers on defense are ranked 16th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.8. They have conceded 24.4 assists and 43.5 boards per game, which ranks them 12th and 13th in the NBA. The Cleveland defense gives up 39.1% on shots from beyond the arc (505 of 1,291) and their opponents are knocking down 77.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 15.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 48.0% from the floor (29th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take San Antonio (-4.5)
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