Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/18/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Cleveland Cavaliers (9-6) vs Golden State Warriors (12-2)
Game Info: Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)
Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers +8.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors pay a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Thursday night.
The Golden State Warriors have been on fire so far as they’ve won 12 of their first 14 games and they will be growing in confidence after blowing past the red-hot Nets in a 117-99 road win on Tuesday. Stephen Curry drained nine 3-pointers on his way to 37 points, seven rebounds and five assists on 12 of 19 shooting, Andrew Wiggins added 19 points in just 22 minutes of action while Jordan Poole chipped in with 17 points and four assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 51 percent from the field and 32 percent from the 3-point line as they poured in 32 points in the second quarter to take a five-point lead into halftime, before taking control in the third quarter where they opened with an 8-0 run. Despite the offensive firepower of the Nets, the Warriors were hardly threatened after that as their defense really picked up.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in decent form as they’ve won six of their past nine games, but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling short to the Nets in a 109-99 road loss last night. Ricky Rubio led the team with 25 points and five assists, Darius Garland added 24 points with six assists while Kevin Love and Cedi Osman each scored 11 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 39 percent from the field and 11 of 44 from the 3-point line as they failed to contain the Nets right from the start and quickly found themselves trailing by 21 points at halftime after scoring just 16 points in the second quarter. The Cavaliers did make a run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to just eight points, but they could get no closer.
Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on one days’ rest and 17-5-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Cavaliers are 19-41-1 ATS in their last 61 games against a team with a winning record, 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days’ rest and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the Warriors are 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the Warriors are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings in Cleveland.
The Warriors have been the benchmark league since opening night and their confidence must by sky-high after blowing out the Nets in their own building on Tuesday. The Cavaliers were on a nice run before the injuries started to pile up, but they’ve lost their last two games and could’ve easily lost by 30 to the Nets last night. Stephen Curry is currently listed as questionable for this one, but assuming he’s good to go, I’m sticking with the Warriors to stay hot with another win and cover here.