Last Updated Apr 08, 2022, 7:50 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Predictions, Picks, Odds

Regular-season NBA action will resume on Friday night with a compelling Eastern Conference showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets. Coverage begins from Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Score Prediction

Nets 124, Cavaliers 112

Best Bets

Over 232.5 (-110) at BetMGM

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Predictions

After finishing 13th in the East with a record of 22-50 SU last year, Cleveland bounced back to a surprisingly strong start to this season, as the Cavaliers opened with an impressive 35-21 SU and 34-20-2 ATS stretch – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 28 of those contests.

However, Cleveland has been incredibly inconsistent since the All-Star Break, considering the Cavs’ enter Friday riding a bumpy 8-16 SU and 8-15-1 ATS skid – while scoring just 109.2 OPPG and allowing 113 DPPG across that window.

On the other hand, Brooklyn posted a similarly strong start to the season, as the Nets kicked things off with an impressive 26-14 SU run – with 15 of those victories coming by eight points or more.

The Nets have been incredibly inconsistent since trading away James Harden though, considering Brooklyn enters Friday riding a head-scratching 16-24 SU skid – while generating 113.1 OPPG and surrendering 115.7 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll take the over here, as the Nets are 6-4 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last ten games, while tallying 117.4 OPPG and surrendering 114.3 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a relatively high-scoring battle against a Cavs’ squad that’s averaging 112.2 OPPG across their 1-4 SU skid since Evan Mobley’s latest injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Central vs Atlantic
  • Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
  • Venue: Barclays Center
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • TV-Time: NBA League Pass - 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 43-37
  • ATS: 41-36-3
  • O/U: 36-43-1

After last year’s disappointing 22-50 SU showing, Cleveland barreled out to a surprisingly solid start to this season, as the Cavaliers kicked things off with an impressive 35-21 SU run – while leading the league in various defensive categories across that timeframe (102.4 DPPG, 1.032 DE).

The Cavs’ defense has been far less dominant since mid-February though, and their offense has subsequently failed to pick up the slack, considering Cleveland enters Friday riding a rocky 8-16 SU skid – while surrendering 113 DPPG to their opponents across that window.

Brooklyn Nets Betting Analysis

  • SU: 42-38
  • ATS: 32-46-2
  • O/U: 39-40-1

After a heartbreaking Game 7 loss in last year’s Eastern Conference Semis’, the Nets bounced back with an excellent start to this season, as Brooklyn cruised into January boasting a 26-14 SU record – yet still ranked near the bottom of the barrel ATS across that window with a record of 17-22-1 ATS.

However, Brooklyn completely fell apart during KD’s recent 20-game absence, considering the Nets enter Friday riding a frustrating 16-24 SU skid, which includes a 10-14 SU tally in matchups with Kyrie Irving – and a 6-10 SU mark in efforts without him.

The Nets are 1-5 ATS in their last six games. (Getty Images)

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Head-to-Head

The Cavaliers won two of three regular-season matchups against Brooklyn last year, with all three contests soaring over the total at an average of 250.7 PPG. However, Brooklyn is 2-1 SU against Cleveland this season, with both Nets’ victories cruising over the total at an average of 218.5 PPG – while the Cavs’ lone win stayed under with a score of 114-107 (U 222).

Key Players to Watch

  • CLE: Darius Garland - PG (21.7 PPG, 3.4 REB, 8.7 AST)
  • CLE: Lauri Markkanen - PF (14.6 PPG, 5.7 REB, 1.4 AST)
  • BKN: Kyrie Irving - PG (27.5 PPG, 4.2 REB, 5.7 AST)
  • BKN: Kevin Durant - SF (29.9 PPG, 7.4 REB, 6.2 AST)

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Conclusion

After posting an ugly road loss to the Magic on Tuesday night (L, 120-115), the Cavaliers hit the road again for Friday’s contest as steep underdogs against the Nets at Barclays Center – marking the fifth time Cleveland has been an underdog across their last six games.

I’ll take the over here, as the Cavaliers are 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS since Mobley’s latest injury, while scoring just 112.2 OPPG and surrendering 116.8 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a relatively high-scoring battle against a Nets squad that’s averaging 117.4 OPPG across their latest 3-7 ATS skid.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers are 2-8 ATS in their last ten games.
  • The Nets are 6-3 SU in their last nine matchups against Cleveland.
  • The Nets are 1-5 ATS in their last six games.
  • The total has gone OVER in nine of the last 13 Cavs' games.
  • The Cavaliers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six matchups against Brooklyn.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the last seven matchups between the Cavs' and Nets.
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