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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Predictions, Picks, Odds

The NBA Play-In Tournament will kick things off Tuesday night with a heavyweight Eastern Conference clash between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers. Coverage begins from Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 7:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

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Score Prediction

Nets 116, Cavaliers 106

Best Bets

Under 228 (-110) at DraftKings

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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’ closed out the regular season with a frustrating 9-17 SU and 9-16-1 ATS skid – while scoring just 110.1 OPPG and surrendering 113.3 DPPG during that timeframe.

On the other hand, Brooklyn also posted a strong start to the season, as the Nets kicked things off with an impressive 26-14 SU run – while generating 110.9 OPPG and allowing just 108.6 DPPG during that span.

The Nets have been on quite the rollercoaster since trading away James Harden though, considering Brooklyn enters the Play-In Tournament riding a head-scratching 18-24 SU skid – while tallying 113.7 OPPG and surrendering 115.8 DPPG across that window.

I’ll take the under here, as Cleveland closed out the regular season with a miserable 3-8 SU and ATS skid, while scoring just 111.5 OPPG and allowing 114.9 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a highly unfavorable road matchup against a Nets squad that’s averaging 121.1 OPPG across their latest 12-5 SU stretch.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Central vs. Atlantic
  • Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
  • Venue: Barclays Center
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • TV-Time: TNT - 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 44-38
  • ATS: 42-37-3
  • O/U: 37-44-1

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 was far less dominant down the homestretch though, and their offense subsequently failed to pick up the slack, considering Cleveland enters the Play-In Tournament riding a miserable 9-17 SU skid – while surrendering 113.3 DPPG to their opponents across that window.

Brooklyn Nets Betting Analysis

  • SU: 44-38
  • ATS: 33-47-2
  • O/U: 40-41-1

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

However, Brooklyn completely fell apart during Kevin Durant’s recent 20-game absence, considering the Nets enter the Play-In Tournament riding a frustrating 18-24 SU skid – with two-thirds of those losses coming in the absence of KD (16).

The Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight 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 went 3-1 SU against Cleveland this season, with their first two matchups going over the total at an average of 218.5 PPG – while their latest two meetings stayed under with an average of 114-107 (U 223).

Key Players to Watch

  • CLE: Darius Garland - PG (21.8 PPG, 3.3 REB, 8.6 AST)
  • CLE: Evan Mobley - C (14.9 PPG, 8.2 REB, 1.6 BLK)
  • BKN: Kevin Durant - SF (30.1 PPG, 7.4 REB, 6.2 AST)
  • BKN: Kyrie Irving - PG (27.2 PPG, 4.3 REB, 5.8 AST)

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Conclusion

After snapping a three-game losing streak with a double-digit win over Milwaukee on the final day of the regular season (133-115), the Cavaliers hit the road for Tuesday’s Play-In game as relatively steep underdogs against the Nets at Barclays Center – marking the sixth time Cleveland has been an underdog in their last eight games.

I’ll take the under here, as the Nets closed out the regular season with a sturdy 12-5 SU and 8-9 ATS run, while tallying 121.1 OPPG and surrendering 113.2 DPPG during that timeframe – likely presenting an uphill battle for a Cavs’ squad that’s scored 108 PTS or less in six of their last 11 contests (111.5 OPPG).

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Trends

  • The Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The Cavs' are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the last six Nets' games.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the last seven Cavs' games.
  • The Nets are 4-1 SU in their last five matchups against Cleveland.
  • The Cavaliers are 4-3 ATS in their last seven matchups against Brooklyn.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the last seven matchups between Brooklyn and Cleveland.
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