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(37-13) Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (30-20)
Date: Saturday February 3
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
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Saturday February 3, the Houston Rockets arrive at Quicken Loans Arena to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Houston sits firmly in the second spot in the west having won three in a row and 10 of their last 12.
Cleveland have rebounded a bit to win three of their last four games after winning just once in the previous seven.
Last season, the squads split the season series and Houston won the first game this season.
The Rockets holds the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers in 84 of their 128 matches.
James Harden has positioned himself as the definitive MVP leader after producing a triple-double with 60 points. The Rockets continue to hoist threes and claim they have the roster which can knock off the Warriors.
Chris Paul is nursing a groin injury, but is expected to suit up for this Cavaliers match.
That is particularly good news given Eric Gordon (back) sat out the last game and his availability is uncertain for Saturday.
Trevor Ariza (hamstring) has missed two games since landing awkwardly and is also questionable for Saturday.
Kevin Love won’t require surgery, but he will miss eight weeks. So far his absence hasn’t hurt the Cavaliers, but how Cleveland play against the upper echelon will pinpoint how improved their defense truly is.
Through the past four games the 28th ranked defense produced the four rated defense in the NBA. Still, Cleveland will need to demonstrate the ability to stop top offenses for analysts to buy in to the defensive turn around.
While Love is definitely out the other concern is whether Dwyane Wade will be available as he is dealing with a personal matter which has taken him in and out of the lineup.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 8-2 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- Cavaliers are 4-6 ATS in the teams last 10 head to head matchups.
- The over-under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction: line is off
This game could get ugly in a hurry if the Cavaliers bring the same type of defensive effort displayed against the Wolves, Raptors and Thunder. Cleveland need to make a statement against a top tier squad to prove their shift on defense is for real.
Aiding in this will be the injuries for Houston who could possibly be without Chris Paul, Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza though initial reports say Paul will be good to go.
Even in that situation it might not bode well for the Cavaliers since that would allow coach Mike D’Antoni to play his defensive minded players more. Worse, most of those players can also hit the three.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick:
Not buying the defensive stock the Cavaliers are selling especially since the Cavaliers have a 7-9 record versus the west.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 117 – Cavaliers 111
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