Nets vs Cavaliers Prediction - NBA Picks 1/11/24

Cleveland Cavaliers (21-15) vs Brooklyn Nets (16-21)

Game Info: Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Accor Arena)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 224.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Accor Arena in Paris on Thursday night. Here’s a Nets vs Cavs Prediction.

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have been in rough shape as they've lost six of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after coming up short to the Trail Blazers in a 134-127 overtime loss on Sunday. Mikal Bridges led the team with 42 points on 15 of 26 shooting, Cam Johnson added 17 points while Nic Claxton chipped in with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks on eight of eight shooting. As a team, the Nets shot 50 percent from the field and 14 of 37 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 41 points in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, only to allow the Trail Blazers to run riot in overtime to fall short in the end.

Brooklyn Nets Player Facts

  • Nicolas Claxton ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (2.4) this season.
  • Spencer Dinwiddie ranks 8th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for assists per game (6.3) this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in fine form as they've won eight of their last 11 games overall and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after sneaking past the Spurs in a 117-115 win on Sunday. Jarrett Allen led the team with 29 points and 16 rebounds on 11 of 19 shooting, Caris LeVert added 23 points on nine of 13 shooting off the bench while Donovan Mitchell chipped in with 17 points and nine assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and 16 of 43 from the 3-point line wrestled with the pesky Spurs in a close contest, before they went on a run in the fourth quarter to take a 16-point lead which proved to be just enough cushion to hold off a late charge and escape with a narrow win. The Cavs will meet the Bulls and Bucks after this one.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Donovan Mitchell ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.9) this season.
  • Jarrett Allen ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for FG% (66.7%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cavaliers rank 2nd in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.8).
  • The Cavaliers rank 28th in the league for free throw attempts per game this season (20.7).
  • The Nets rank 30th in the league for opponent turnovers per game this season (11.8).
  • The Nets rank 2nd in the league for rebounds per game this season (46.8).

Nets vs Cavs Prediction

The Nets are still missing Day'Ron Sharpe and Ben Simmons, while the Cavaliers are still without Evan Mobley, Ty Jerome and Darius Garland. The Nets have been in a major slump and their confidence took another gut shot after getting beaten by the ice-cold Trail Blazers in a tough overtime loss on Sunday. In contrast, the Cavaliers have been playing some of their best basketball of the season despite their injuries and represent decent value as the slight favorites at home, so I'm going with the Cavaliers to get the job done in this one.

Peter’s Pick Cleveland -3.5

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