New Orleans Pelicans vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 2/28/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cleveland Cavaliers (17-41) at New Orleans Pelicans (25-33)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -11.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 106.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 114.7 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Colin Sexton is averaging 19.9 points and 2.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds. Andre Drummond is the third double-digit scorer and Darius Garland is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost six of their last eight road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.7 points and 4.3 assists while Zion Williamson is averaging 23.3 points and 7.1 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost five of their last eight home games.
The Cavaliers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings in New Orleans and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Not sure what's gotten into the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they're playing their best ball of the season with wins in four of their last five, and winning by an average of 5.6 points while shooting 49.7 percent from the field during that stretch. The New Orleans Pelicans are the better team and should win, but they're also a young team that has issues closing sometimes, and this is only the second time they'll be double-digit favorites. Line is too steep for me. Give me the Cavs and the free buckets.