Suns vs. Cavaliers Prediction
Which struggling franchise will start the post-All-Star Break stretch with a win tonight when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Phoenix Suns at 7PM ET?
503 Phoenix Suns vs. 504 Cleveland Cavaliers
Thursday, February 21, 2019
7PM ET – Quicken Loans Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cavaliers are the slim favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Suns. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 218 points. The public betting for this game currently has 70 percent going on the Cavaliers at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Suns on major skid
Phoenix has lost 15 straight games coming into the break following a 134-107 defeat on the road against the Clippers last week. The Suns have failed to cover in their last three road games. Phoenix is 11-48 on the season, 4-26 on the road, 25-34 against the spread and 32-27 with the under.
The Suns have been a mess on defense all season, allowing 116.1 points per game while opponents shoot 48.4 percent against them. Offensively, Phoenix has had its moments, but averages just 105.9 points per game while shooting a league-worst 32.6 percent from the arc. T.J Warren is questionable to play tonight due to an ankle injury. He is averaging 18 points per game. Devin Booker is leading the team with 24.6 points and 6.7 assists per contest.
Cavs struggling as well
Cleveland is coming off a 148-139 OT loss at home to the Brooklyn Nets before the break. They have lost five of their last six games and failed to cover the spread in three of their last four. Cleveland is now 12-46 on the season, 7-22 at home, 25-32-1 against the spread and 29-28-1 with the over.
The Cavs have really struggled offensively this season, averaging just 103 points per game while shooting just 44.1 percent from the field. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 113.5 points per game while allowing a league-worst 49.1 percent shooting to opponents. Tristan Thompson remains out with his foot injury. Jordan Clarkson is leading the team with 17.2 points per game while Kevin Love is averaging 15.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Love is still seeing limited minutes as he returns from his injury.
NBA Betting Trends
The Suns are just 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games against Central Division opponents and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
Cleveland is 3-10 against the spread in its last 13 Thursday games and 7-19 ATS in its last 26 against Pacific Division opponents.
Both of these teams are a mess, but Phoenix has really fallen apart over the last month. Cleveland is at least healing up a little bit and should be the more competitive team going forward. I can’t trust Phoenix to go out East and pick up a win, even against a bad Cleveland squad. This game is pretty much an even pick, so I will take the home team against this tumbling Phoenix squad.
NBA Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers -1