Free NBA Pick: 76ers vs Cavaliers NBA Odds
Looking for Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Sixers taking on the Cavs on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(28-47) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (47-26)
Date: Friday March 31
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cleveland -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 219
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If there were ever a matchup of two teams with opposite agendas, this is it.
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently one of the worst teams in the league and are literally hoping to get worse during the final stretch. This team only has ping-pong balls and draft positioning at stake, meaning wins are losses and losses are major victories at this point in the process.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, on the other hand, are the defending NBA champions and need every win they can get to secure (and re-establish) their spot atop the Eastern Conference over the Boston Celtics.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
The Sixers are nowhere near the Cavaliers in talent, competency or general outlook on the immediate future. Nobody is going to confuse these two organizations any time soon.
That said, the Sixers will likely be more competitive in this one than many casual fans might think.
For starters, Philly is a young and scrappy team that has a tendency to play up to its competition. Simply put: This team doesn’t know (or at least doesn’t care) about being a heavy underdog.
The other reason, which is even more important, is that Cleveland’s defense has been a major problem. If there’s any reason to believe the Cavaliers won’t repeat as champions (and why you might not believe they’ll finish in the No. 1 spot out East), it’s that this group is struggling mightily on that end of the floor.
The Sixers should be able to get points in both half-court and transition, which will help them keep this one close throughout most of the contest.
Cleveland’s defense is a problem. We can’t deny that.
What we can say, however, at least as far as this game is concerned, is that the offense is still clicking and won’t have a problem putting up more points in a high-scoring affair.
The Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love could have one of its highest combined scoring outputs of the season against Philly. Players like Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith could be big-time contributors as well, but the stars are going to have a field day.
This is a team that can flip a switch and improve at any time — we’ve seen it in years past and there’s little reason to believe that same switch doesn’t exist in 2016-17.
But as far as the defense is concerned, there’s little reason to believe the Cavs are going to flip it against one of the league’s bottom feeders.
NBA Betting Trends:
- 76ers are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 Friday games.
- 76ers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 76ers are 22-5 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- 76ers are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games
- Cavaliers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Cavaliers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
As unbelievable as it sounds on the surface, all signs point to the Sixers keeping this game within single digits.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Philadelphia +10.5
Don’t expect the 76ers to come away with a shocking win…but don’t be shocked if they get the victory ATS.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 113 – Philadelphia 76ers 107
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