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Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Best Bet: Garland Bounces Back

Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Best Bet: Garland Bounces Back
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Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Best Bet: Thursday, March 23rd

The Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet once again at Barclays Center tonight in their 3rd encounter of the season. They met last time just a few days ago when the Cavs got the win in a low-scoring game. Darius Garland had a quiet night in that game, but we’re backing him to bounce back and regain his confidence.

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Thu, Mar 23rd. 23:30 (UK time)

The Brooklyn Nets are in the middle of a 4-game losing skid and are finishing up their 4-game home stand tonight against a team they already played twice this season. They split the season series 1-1, but the Cavaliers took the win last time out, in a game played just 2 days ago, by 115-109. The Nets traded away their main superstars in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving halfway through the season and have been very shaky ever since. They are 1-4 against the spread over their last 5 games, and are coming into this one valued at 2.47 odds to win. Ben Simmons is listed as out for tonight due to a knee injury.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are having a very good season, sitting comfortably in 4th place in the eastern conference at the moment with a 46-28 record. The Cavs have won 7 of their last 10 games and are on a 2-game winning streak. They took down the Nets last time out at Barclays Center where they shot a magnificent 48.3.% from beyond the arc. The Cavs are having a much better season compared to last, with their winning percentage climbing from 53.7 to 62.2%.

On paper, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the best team in the league so far this regular season. They are ranking top of the league in net rating with 5.7, 9th in offensive rating with 116.1 and 1st in defensive rating with 110.3. They aren’t the fastest or the highest-scorign team in the league but they are efficient, and a big reason behind their success has been Darius Garland. Of course, Donovan Mitchell is their top scorer with 27.4 points per game, but Garland has been their maestro, dishing out 7.8 assists per game. He is also adding on 22 points per game and his player usage rate is solid at 26.3%.

Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Best Bet

Garland had a quiet game last time out against the Nets, going for just 17 points and 6 assists -way below his capabilities. With a chance to rest and recover in Brooklyn without travelling again, we should see a more explosive outing from him. He went for 46 points and 8 assists in their first meeting of the season and although that might be a bit too much to expect tonight, we know he can do more. I’m backing Garland to get 7 assists tonight.

  • Selection: Garland Over 6.5 assists
  • Best Odds: 1.83
  • Stakes: 1/10

Odds as of 2:00 pm March 23rd 2023. Odds may now differ.

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