Cleveland Cavaliers pursue playoff

Cleveland Cavaliers pursue playoff

The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to pursue a spot in the playoffs as they battle against the Brooklyn Nets in this match. Considering the Cavaliers‘ place in the standings, they are most likely secured of a spot in the playoffs. This will be the first time they qualify for the playoffs without Lebron James. On the other hand, the Nets are already guaranteed of a spot in the playoffs. However, they are just one game ahead from the Heat, so their place in the playoffs is not secured yet. This match starts the back-to-back match of these two teams against each other. The Nets are hosting this match on March 22, 2023, at 7:30 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams are from the East, and are only separated by two places, with the visitors in a higher spot. This is the second time that these two teams will meet in the regular season. Their first meeting ended by a win by the hosts, and are now hoping for the same result. The hosts are at the sixth of the standings with 39 wins from their 71 games this season. From those 39 wins, 19 of which are coming from their home turf. Meanwhile, the visitors are at the fourth in the West, winning 45 of their 73 games. However, they are not doing that well on the road, having only 16 wins on the road. With that, they are hoping for a win to improve their playoff spot.

Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA: Cleveland Cavalier
Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

The Cavaliers are doing well recently, winning seven of their last 10 games, including a 117-94 win against the Wizards. Moreover, this will be the first time in years that they will qualify in the playoffs without Lebron James. Their last playoff without him was dated back in 1998, which excites them even more coming into this game. This squad has no problem both in offense, and in defense. During their game against the Wizards, they had a 78-48 advantage in the paint. They are shooting over 55.2% on the floor that game, but their shooting from beyond the arc does not look as good. Offensively, they are the 25th with 112.2 points per game, but at the top in defense, giving up 106.6 points per game.

Donovan Mitchell, and Darius Garland leads the Cavaliers having 27.4 and 21.9 points per game. However, it is unfortunate that they will be without Jarrett Allen, as he is still sidelined, following his eye issues.

Brooklyn Nets

NBA: Brooklyn Nets
Photo courtesy of Getty Images

The Nets on the other hand, are looking to finally end their losing skid, as they lost to their last three matches. On their last match, they suffered a 108-102 defeat against the Nuggets, giving them their third straight loss. In the half, they are already down by 15, and were no longer able to climb back. They even had a 17-2 run in the second half, hoping to comeback from their deficit. According to their head coach, they had opportunities to tore down the lead of the Nuggets. However, they were not able to use that opportunity for their advantage. On that match, they shot just over 46.3% in the field, the third match they shot under 47%. They are the 20th in offense with 113.4 points per game, and the 12th in defense, giving up 112.8 points per game.

Mikal Bridges have been the go-to scorer for the Nets, ever since the departure of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. He is chipping in 25.9 points per game, and is expected to lead the Nets as Simmons continues to be out. Dorian Finney-Smith on the other hand is questionable for this game due to his right wrist issue.

Prediction:

Cleveland Cavaliers
Total Under: 111.5
Odds: 0.84

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