Welcome RotoBallers to our betting picks for the Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, another article in our weekly series of free NBA betting picks for every game on the schedule. This free NBA betting breakdown article is for Sunday, March 26th.
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Today’s Betting Overview – Rockets @ Cavaliers
The Rockets take on the Cavaliers on Sunday, March 26th at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland. RotoBaller provides free handicapping picks and odds for all NBA games throughout the 2022-2023 season.
- Matchup: Houston Rockets (18-56) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (47-28)
- Date: Sunday, March 26th
- Time: 6:00 PM ET
- Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
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Rockets & Cavaliers Key Injuries
- Jae’Sean Tate (Out) Injury Management
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Houston Rockets – NBA Betting Analysis
The Rockets enter today’s game having lost four straight, including a 151-114 loss to the Grizzlies. Tari Eason led the team in scoring with 21 points on 69.2% shooting. Going into the game, oddsmakers had Houston as the 12.5 point underdog, resulting in an ATS loss for the team.
Now, the Rockets’ overall record sits at 18-56, placing them 15th in the Western Conference. The team’s current record at home is 12-26 and 6-30 on the road. Houston’s record against the spread is below .500 at 29-43.
The Rockets come into today’s game ranked just 29th in scoring at 110.6 points per contest. Across their last five games, the unit is averaging 113 points per game. A key to the Rockets’ offensive struggles is their inability to consistently knock down three-pointers. So far, Houston is 19th in three-point attempts and 29th in percentage at 32.7%. The team’s scoring numbers are also hampered by a below average pace of play. For the season, the Rockets are just 98.8 in possessions per game.
The Rockets will look to step up their defensive effort in today’s game, as they currently sit at 29th in the NBA for points allowed per game (118.2). Although the team has held up well on the defensive glass (2nd) and forcing turnovers, at an average of 15.7 per game, they still have mediocre overall numbers. Opponents have hit 35.0% of their three-point shots and 48.4% of their overall field goal attempts against the Rockets.
Cleveland Cavaliers – NBA Betting Analysis
After taking down the Nets by a score of 116-114, the Cavaliers are riding a three game win streak. Donovan Mitchell led the way in scoring with 31 points. Heading into their previous matchup against the Nets, the Cavaliers were favored by 4.0, giving them an ATS loss.
With the win, the team has moved to 47-28, placing them 4th in the Eastern Conference. So far this season, they have gone 29-8 at home and 18-20 on the road. This season, Cleveland’s ATS record sits at 41-33.
Going into today’s game, the Cavaliers are ranked 25th in scoring with an average of 112.2 points per contest. Over their five most recent games, the team has been scoring an average of 222 points per game. Some key reasons behind the Cavaliers’ offensive struggles is their poor shooting numbers from outside. Currently, they rank 23rd in attempts and 13th in percentage at 36.5%. The team’s slow pace of play is also impacting their scoring numbers, as they are 95.8 in possessions per game. On average, Cleveland gets to the line 22.9 times per game (20th) and has hit 77.8% of these attempts.
The Cavaliers will be looking for a better defensive effort in today’s game, as they are currently just 29th in the league at 118.2 points allowed per game. This figure comes despite ranking well in both defensive rebounds and turnovers forced. So far, Cleveland is 2nd in defensive rebounds per game while also turning opponents over an average of 12.6 times per contest (6th). In terms of three-point shooting, the Cavaliers have allowed team’s to hit 35.0% of their looks from deep and 48.4% of their overall field goal attempts.
Today’s NBA Betting Pick – Rockets vs. Cavaliers
Today will be the second time that these two teams have matched up this season. In the first meeting, the Cavaliers came out on top with a 113-95 win. The oddsmakers had Cleveland as the 8.0 point favorite and the over/under line set at 217.0. With their combined 208 points, the teams exceeded that number. Even though they lost straight-up, the Rockets covered the spread.
In the Rockets’ previous five games as the favorite, they have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 2-3 against the spread. Across their last three road games, they are 2-1 ATS and 0-3 straight up. Their previous ten games have an over/under mark of 4-6 with an average of 239 points per contest.
Across Cleveland’s last five games at home, they have an ATS mark of 2-3 while going 4-1 straight-up. As the favorite, the Cavaliers are 3-0 straight up on an average scoring differential of -6 points per game. This has led to an ATS mark of 2-1. Their previous ten games have ended in an average of 227 points per game and an over/under mark of 7-3.
Recommended ATS Betting Pick: HOU +13.5
Recommended OU Betting Pick: Under 223.0
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