Cleveland Cavaliers (27-8; 16-17-2 ATS; 18-17 O/U) vs. Phoenix Suns (12-25; 18-18-1 ATS; 23-14 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 8:30pm EST
Line: Cleveland -10
The Phoenix Suns will host the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday night from the Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets by a 116-108 score on Friday night, and the Suns are coming off a 102-95 road win over the Mavericks. Cleveland won both meetings last season.
Cavs Beat Brooklyn in Irving’s Return
The Cleveland Cavaliers were not at their best but were still able to beat Brooklyn by a 116-108 score on Friday evening. The Cavs shot 43% from the field and made only 9 of 33 shots from beyond the arc in the win. Lebron James led the way offensively with 36 points on 14 for 20 shooting, and came one rebound away from a double-double. The three-time NBA champion is having another marvellous season, averaging 26.1 points per game and has scored 30 or more points in three out of his last four games. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love both made their return to the lineup in the win. Irving got off to a slow start but recovered to finish with 32 points on the night. The 24-year old point guard is having another solid season, sitting second in team scoring with 24.2 points per game. The Cavs have just acquired Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks which will be a nice addition. Korver is a very good three-point shooter, and is averaging 9.5 points per game. Cleveland continues to play strong basketball, winning four out of their last five games and hold a nice three game lead over the Raptors atop the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland is now scoring 110.4 points per game, good for fourth in the NBA, and are shooting 45.6% as a team. The Cavaliers are now allowing an average of 103.2 points per game, placing them 11th overall.
Suns Aim for Fourth Consecutive Home Win
The Phoenix Suns used a big fourth quarter to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 102-95 on Thursday night. The Suns made 44.7% of their shots from the field, and dominated the boards, out-rebounding Dallas 60-36 in the win. Eric Bledsoe was tremendous, scoring 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and also collected seven assists. The 27-year old point guard was struggled prior to his 26 point effort and is now averaging a team-leading 20.1 points per game. Devin Booker was in a groove as well, going 9 for 16 from the field, collecting 22 points. The second year shooting guard has shown great progression from his solid rookie season, now averaging 19 points per game after scoring 13.8 points per game last season. The last place Suns have now won two in a row which matches their longest winning streak of the season, and have won three straight home games, putting then at 7-9 at home on the season.
Phoenix is now averaging 105.6 points per game, ranking them 13th in the NBA, and are shooting 44.3% as a team. The Suns have struggled defensively, conceding an average of 111.7 points per game, placing them down at 29th in the NBA.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are:
- 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games after scoring 100 or more points in their previous game.
- road team is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these teams.
The Phoenix Suns are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring 100 or more points in their previous game.
- 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 games playing on two days of rest.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
I am siding with the Cavaliers in this one. The Suns weak defense is gonna have big trouble holding down the Cleveland offense. The Suns defense has really struggled against the stronger teams this season especially when defending the three, and the Cavs are shooting 39% from beyond the arc, ranking them third in the NBA. The Suns offense has not been as productive as of late, averaging only 97 points per game over their last six games, so I would not be confident taking them with this spread.