Game: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Philadelphia 76ers
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Odds: Cavaliers +2.5, Sixers -2.5
The super-hot Cleveland Cavaliers would much rather continue playing than be off for the All-Star break. Tonight, the Cavaliers go to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers looking to win their eighth straight game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the Memphis Grizzlies, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs since losing 100-97 to the Miami Heat on January 31.
On Monday, the Cavs defeated the Spurs 117-109 thanks in large part to an outstanding 41-point performance from Donovan Mitchell. After the game, which resulted in the Spurs’ 13th straight loss, Mitchell talked about how Cleveland needs to be more consistent. They had opened up a big lead on the Spurs only to lose it in the fourth quarter. That can’t happen tonight.
Cleveland also got solid performances from Mitchell’s supporting cast. Darius Garland contributed 16 points and seven assists, Evan Mobley had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Jarrett Allen scored 17 points and 11 rebounds.
After clearing waivers, veteran guard Danny Green, who the Cavaliers selected in the 2009 draft, is anticipated to sign with the team again. Green was released by the Houston Rockets following a trade deadline deal.
The Sixers have been playing well too, and they will have the opportunity to win their fourth consecutive game before the All-Star break. On Monday, Philadelphia easily defeated the Rockets 123-104 thanks to James Harden’s 28 points and 10 assists. In addition to Joel Embiid’s 23 points, Tyrese Maxey added 26 points, six assists, and five rebounds off the bench. Maxey has recovered from a scoring drought and was active on both ends.
In his first game in front of the Sixers’ fans, recently acquired Jalen McDaniels scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Dewayne Dedmon, a center who was signed by the Sixers, should be available to play against the Cavaliers. The 7-footer previously played for the Miami Heat.
In addition to being 7-0 SU in their last seven games, the Cavs are 6-1 ATS. Cleveland is just 1-5 SU in its last six against Philly. The win came in the first game this season back in November. Cleveland won 113-85 at home. The Cavs have been strong against the number against the Sixers. The Cavs are 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine games against Philadelphia.
Philly is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games. The Sixers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven. They have played extremely well at home as of late winning 17 of their last 20 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Over has cashed in 13 of the Philly’s last 20 games. Cleveland is the best defense in the NBA allowing 105.9 points per game. The total has gone Under in nine of the Cavs’ last 13 games. The Under is 9-4 in the last 13 Cavs-Sixers games and the Under is 5-1 in Cleveland’s last six games played on the road.
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