Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets: Cavaliers Have Now Won Two Games in a Row

Written by: Christian Jope
Published March 23, 2023
4 min read
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers have now won two games in a row
  • The Brooklyn Nets are just half a game out of seventh place after losing four in a row
  • In their last game, the Cavaliers beat the Nets 109-115

The Nets and Cavaliers faced each other on Tuesday night and will run it back on Thursday. Brooklyn is sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 39-33 overall record and a 19-15 home record. Cleveland is fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 46-28 overall record and a 17-20 road record.

The Brooklyn Nets will have home-court advantage, with this game hosted at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Thursday night will feature these clubs' third and final meeting this season. The last time these two teams met, the Cavaliers beat the Nets 109-115.

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Cavaliers vs Nets Predictions

Head-to-Head: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets

Cleveland Cavaliers
Head-to-HeadBrooklyn Nets
J.B. BickerstaffHead CoachJacque Vaughn
46-28 (4th in East)Standing39-33 (6th in East)
W-W-L-WFormL-L-L-L
116.1 (9th of 30)Off Rtg114.6 (16th of 30)
110.3 (1st of 30)Def Rtg114.2 (14th of 30)
95.6 (30th of 30)Pace98.6 (18th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

D. Mitchell (27.4)PPGM. Bridges (25.4)
J. Allen (9.9)RPGN. Claxton (9.2)
D. Garland (7.8)APGS. Dinwiddie (8.2)
D. Mitchell (1.5)SPGC. Johnson (1.4)
E. Mobley (1.4)BPGN. Claxton (2.5)
R. Lopez (.650)/D. Mitchell (9.7)FG%/FGMN. Claxton (.706)/M. Bridges (8.8)
D. Green (.500)/D. Mitchell (3.5)3P%/3PMY. Watanabe (.461)/M. Bridges (2.5)

Injury Report

PlayerTeamDateStatusInfo
Ben SimmonsBrooklyn Nets05 Mar 2023Out (Knee)Simmons hasn't played since Feb 15 and there is no timetable for his return.

Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers Over -4.5 (-110) @ DraftKings Sportsbook

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets continue to jockey for position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. After going 7-3 over their last ten games, the Cavaliers have a 3.5-game lead over fifth place. The Brooklyn Nets barely hold on to sixth in the East after losing four games in a row, owning just a half-game lead over the seventh seed.

The Cavaliers boast the league's best defense, allowing 106.6 points per game (1st in the NBA) on 46.8% shooting from the field (3rd in the NBA) while forcing 15.6 turnovers per game (5th in the NBA). In their last game against the Brooklyn Nets, the Cavaliers held them to just 109 points on 44.6% shooting from the field and 27.3% from three-point range while forcing 16 turnovers.

The Nets are efficient on both ends of the court, shooting 49.0% from the field (4th in the NBA) and 38.1% from three (4th in the NBA) while allowing just 46.2% shooting (4th in the NBA) from their opponents. Brooklyn has been stifled offensively through their four-game losing streak, scoring just 103.5 points per game on 43.8% from the field and 31.8% from three-point range.

Take the Cavaliers in this fourth and final matchup between them and the Nets. Cleveland's interior defense is solid, so Brooklyn will have to rely on beating the Cavaliers from three - where they've been struggling. Home-court advantage will help the Nets, but their lack of offensive creativity and playmaking with Simmons out hurts their cause. The Cavaliers should cover the spread.

Total: Over 218.0 (-110) @ FanDuel Sportsbook

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With the season series tied 1-1, two defensive teams, the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers, are looking to win the series for themselves. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging a combined 226.0 points per game on a plus-0.4 points differential. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging a combined 218.8 points per game on a plus-5.6 points differential.

Over their last five games, the Cleveland Cavaliers have averaged a combined 221.6 points per game on a plus-8.4 points differential. The Brooklyn Nets have averaged a combined 220.2 points per game on a minus-5.8 points differential.

The Cavaliers have cleared 218.0 in four of their last five games, three of which were losses. The Nets have cleared 218.0 in three of their previous five matches and won just one of those three games. These teams cleared 218.0 when they met on Tuesday night, and they project to do so again on Thursday. While the defense is both of their calling cards, the pace and shooting ability should be enough to clear such a modest total.

How to Watch Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets

  • Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • When: 7:30 PM EST, Thursday, March 23, 2023
  • How to Watch: YES Network, Bally Sports Ohio
  • Streaming: NBA League Pass
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