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Cavaliers vs. Nets: Preview, Predictions and Betting Picks

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On Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, the Cleveland Cavaliers (9-6) are playing the Brooklyn Nets (10-5) at Barclays Center. Thus far, the Cavaliers are 11-4 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, while the Nets are 7-8 against the spread. BetUS odds are featured below.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets odds, predictions, picks and game preview

Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Barclays Center; Brooklyn, New York

TV channels: Bally Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass, YES Network

Radio broadcast: WFAN-AM/FM, WTAM/WMMS/WNZN

Live stream: fuboTV (seven-day free  trial), Hulu + Live TV (seven-day free trial),

ESPN’s Basketball Power Index: Nets have a 73.5% probability of winning

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets news

According to Land of Basketball’s statistics, these Eastern Conference teams have played one another 184 times during the regular season all-time. The Cavs are 104-80 versus the Nets. Additionally, in the past three head-to-head meetings, Cleveland is 2-1 against Brooklyn. On May 16, 2021, the last time these teams faced off, the Nets won 123-109 at Barclays Center. Plus, the W-L record for these teams is tied at 5-5, in the last 10 head-to-head contests.

After the Nets lost to the Warriors 117-99 at home on Tuesday, Kevin Durant was asked about his missed shot attempts. The eleven-time All-Star said, “There’s some shots I wish I could have back. I rushed it. Once we get down 18 or 20, I was trying to get it back so fast and was taking bad shots. It’s all part of the journey and understanding what level you need to be at.” However, Durant’s performance is not the problem right now. The team needs Kyrie Irving, or other starters need to play better offensively.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets betting lines and odds

Cavaliers vs Nets Picks, Odds, Injury Report, Predictions and Preview

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 208

Point spread: Nets -9.5 (-110)

Best moneyline: Cavaliers +400, Nets -500

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets injury report

Cavaliers: PF Kevin Love (out indefinitely) | C Jarrett Allen (out) | PF Lauri Markkanen (out) | SG Collin Sexton (out indefinitely) | PF Lamar Stevens (out) | PF Evan Mobley (out indefinitely)

Nets: PF Paul Millsap (out indefinitely) | PG Kyrie Irving (out indefinitely) | SG Jalen Harris (out indefinitely) | C Nicolas Claxton (out indefinitely)

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets preview

Furthermore, on Monday, in the Cavaliers’ 98-92 home loss versus the Celtics, guard Ricky Rubio scored a team-high 28 points in 37 minutes of action. Cedi Osman also contributed 26 points, 2.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 31 minutes played. In Cleveland’s six-point loss, they were outscored 42 to 28 in the paint. And, their two-game losing streak was snapped.

In addition to the Celtics outscoring the Cavs 33 to 28 in the fourth quarter, Cleveland struggled with short-range jump shots. The team shot 32-for-83 (38.6%) from the field and 16-for-40 (40%) from behind the arc. Boston evened the W-L column this season against Cleveland. Now, the Cavs are 4-3 at home, 5-3 away and 6-2 ATS away.

Meanwhile, in the Nets’ 117-99 home loss against the Warriors on Tuesday, guard James Harden led his team in scoring, putting up 24 points in 32 minutes on the court. Forward Kevin Durant ended his performance with 19 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32 minutes played as well. Offensively, this game was a clear mismatch.

The Warriors outscored the Nets 35 to 18 in the third quarter, and they out-rebounded them 53 to 38. While Brooklyn’s performance might have been sufficient against a below-.500 team, Golden State has only two losses this season. The Nets shot 34-for-88 (38.6%) from the floor and 10-for-36 (27.8%) from three-point range. They are now 4-3 at home, 6-2 away and 3-4 ATS at home.

Projected starting lineup

Cavaliers: PG Ricky Rubio | SG Darius Garland | SF Isaac Okoro | PF Kevin Love | C Dean Wade

Nets: PG Patty Mills | SG James Harden | SF Bruce Brown Jr. | PF Kevin Durant | C Blake Griffin

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets prediction

Moreover, the total for tonight’s intraconference contest is set at 208. Referencing the spread consensus, 62% of bettors are predicting the Cavaliers will cover the spread at Barclays Center. As stated before, the Cavs are 6-2 ATS away. Regarding the total consensus, 74% of gamblers are expecting the total to go over 208. Currently, Cleveland is 2-0 as a selected favorite and 7-6 as an underdog this season, whereas Brooklyn is 10-4 as a favorite and 0-1 as an underdog.

For valuable betting trends, the Cavs are 8-1 ATS in their previous nine performances. They are 6-2 straight up in their last eight games played, too. The total has gone under in six of the team’s past seven contests, and the total has gone under in six of their previous nine games when playing at Barclays Center. Next, Cleveland is 7-1 ATS in the team’s last eight games versus Eastern Conference opponents.

As for the Nets, they are 8-2 SU in their past 10 performances. Also, the total has gone under in 10 of the team’s last 15 contests. Though, the total has gone over in four of their previous six games played against Cleveland. And, they are 5-2 ATS in their past seven games played on a Wednesday. Lastly, they are 1-6 ATS in their last seven matches versus Central Division opponents. So, think about picking the Nets to win, but the Cavs will cover the spread.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets betting pick

Pick the Nets to win at home, the Cavs will cover the spread and the total will go over 208. Brooklyn is a 9.5-point favorite with BetUS.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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