Cleveland Cavaliers (8-34) at Houston Rockets (23-17)
January 11, 2019 8:00 ET (Toyota Center)
Lines and Odds: -14 Rockets Over/Under: 217
Free NBA Pick Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
This game should be more of a lopsided match-up tonight. The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently ranked dead last as the 15th seed in the Eastern Conference, whereas the Houston Rockets are the 7th seed behind the Nuggets, Warriors, Thunder, Blazers, Clippers, and Spurs in the Western Conference. The Cavs haven’t been the same team both offensively and defensively ever since LeBron James left to go play for the Los Angeles Lakers. Furthermore, the Toronto Raptors are still the number one seed in the East with a record of 31-12 (.721).
The Houston Rockets are slightly above average defensively. They’ve recovered 31.2 defensive rebounds on average based on a percentage of 69.6, are responsible for a rate of 7.6 steals, and have earned 5.3 blocks per game. James Harden is leading the team in points scored with 33.9 and assists with 8.6, Clint Capela is leading in rebounds with 12.9 and blocks with 1.9, and Chris Paul (although injured) is ahead in steals at 2.1 per game. In terms of overall offensive efficiency, the Rockets rank 6th in the league with a 1.096 rating. Despite a few injuries every here and there, Houston is still one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
The Cavs can only do so much with their current players. Based on record, Cleveland is the worst team in the NBA. Opponents have scored on average, 50.9 points in the paint. They’ve also accumulated an average of 6.9 steals, 2.5 blocks, and 31.4 defensive rebounds. For offensive efficiency, the Cleveland Cavaliers rank 23rd in the league with an overall rating of 1.031. Jordan Clarkson is leading the team in points scored with 17.3 on average, Tristan Thompson leads in rebounds with a rate of 11.3, and one other player leads in three other statistics. Larry Nance Jr. leads the team in assists with a rate of 3.2, steals at a current average of 1.5, and blocks with .7 per game.
Cover the Spread 365 Trends
Houston is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Houston is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Houston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Houston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 5 games
Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 9 games on the road
Free NBA Pick Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Houston Rockets
As stated before, this is a one-sided match-up tonight. Although Cleveland has a higher 3 point shooting percentage at 36% on several attempts throughout the season over the Rockets’ 34.9% on multiple shot attempts, the Rockets will still outscore the Cavs. Houston has the 13th ranked scoring defense in the NBA right now with a rating of 109.3. Cleveland is still struggling with the 23rd rank and a rating of 113. For opponent blocks per game, the Rockets rank 12th with 4.7, while the Cavaliers rank 24th with 5.5. The total has gone under in 11 of Cleveland’s last 15 games when playing on the road against the Houston Rockets. Expect nothing less than a blowout.
Pick: Houston -14 (Over 220)