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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Phoenix Suns,
3-13-2018 - Expert Prediction

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#539 Cleveland
Cavaliers -7.5
#540 Phoenix
Suns 230

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:05pm

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Game Stats

Cleveland Cavaliers

38 - 28

21-44
ATS
33-32
O/U
110
PPG
110
OPPG

Phoenix Suns

19 - 49

31-35
ATS
33-33
O/U
104
PPG
113
OPPG

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Phoenix hosts Cleveland on Tuesday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Cavaliers continue their lengthy road trip along the West Coast, where they’ve now lost back-to-back games in Los Angeles. The Suns have dropped five straight contests, and they’ve also lost the same amount consecutively to Cleveland.

Cavs get rocked in Los Angeles

Just when you thought Cleveland had righted the ship with some new pieces, they’ve fallen in five of their last eight games. While they’re no longer a legitimate threat to miss the postseason, you’d have to wonder if they really can make it through a tougher Eastern Conference with teams like Toronto and Boston playing at a better level. The Cavs lost in back-to-back games at Staples Center over the weekend, including a 127-113 blowout to the Lakers.

After the game was tied at 76-all with just under five minutes to go in the third quarter, the Lakers went on a massive run and held the team to just six points in that stretch. It ended up being the dagger with the Cavs floundering after that. They were outrebounded 51-37 and their 22 assists to 12 turnovers weren’t enough against LA, who had a better ratio. LeBron James (26.9 ppg) led his team with 24 points and 10 rebounds, but missed six of eight 3-point attempts.

Booker questionable for game against Cavs

Phoenix wraps up their recent four-game road trip with nothing but losses. They have up 113 or more points in each game while the offense was inconsistent. They showed up at Charlotte on Saturday, but lost in a close 122-115 battle. They were able to win against the spread thanks to being lofty 13-point underdogs. It looked like Charlotte could prevail heading into the final 12 minutes, but the Suns put up 43 points in the fourth quarter.

Phoenix had very balanced scoring among their team — seven different players recorded 10 or more points. A lot of that was likely due to Devin Booker (25.3 ppg) not playing. He’s dealing with strained triceps and he’s currently listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game. One of the more efficient performances from the Suns was by Davon Reed off the bench. He made all four 3-point attempts and was one of two players who finished with 16 points.

Trends

Cavaliers are:

  • 16-35 ATS in their last 51 games overall
  • 5-14 ATS in their last 19 road games

Suns are:

  • 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days of rest
  • The home team, who are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings of this matchup

Phoenix could be without some key players, and that’s been hindering their defensive effort. For Cleveland, they could be without Rodney Hood (15.3 ppg), who is day-to-day with back issues and missed the Lakers game. Right now, it’s best to take the home underdog points with all the questionables heading into this one.

Pick: PHX

Brian Spaen

Blogging journeyman and sports handicapper. His passion for statistics, analyzing team reports, and watching multiple hours of sports daily gives him an edge for picking who will beat the spread. Also writes about technology and video games. Hobbies include enjoying life in the big city, spending way too much time on YouTube, and discovering new craft beer and whisky.

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