Seventh place is on the line tonight in Brooklyn. Not exactly the expectations the Nets had at the start of the season, but they are geared to make a playoff push, no matter how far down they start. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving continue to lead the way as Brooklyn can move ahead of Cleveland with a win tonight and the Nets already own the tiebreaker, up 2-1 in the season series. The Nets won their second straight game Wednesday against the Knicks and have now won six of their last 10. Seth Curry is expected to play through an ankle injury as the team still deals with a missing Ben Simmons. Durant, Irving and Curry were all in double-digits against the Knicks, and Patty Mills added 15 points off the bench.
The Cavaliers are slipping, dropping two straight games ahead of tonight’s action. Cleveland’s most recent loss came at the hands of the Magic, who torched the Cavaliers from 3. Still missing Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, Cleveland will face a motivated Nets team in Brooklyn. The Cavs are just 6-10 without Allen, and Mobley’s status remains up in the air for tonight as he has missed five straight games. Darius Garland should continue to carry the majority of the volume with help from Kevin Love off the bench. Cleveland has dropped seven of their last 10 coming into tonight.
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Nets -4.5 First Half Spread: -115 (FanDuel)
The Cavaliers may exude a strong smell of desperation but will not be able to overcome the loss of Allen and Mobley against an equally desperate Nets team. Durant and Irving will put way too much pressure on the Cavs’ defensive rotations, causing Cleveland to play out of their comfort zone. The Cavs do not have the firepower to match the Nets’ tandem, not even with a group effort from Garland, Caris LeVert and Love. Brooklyn also has some trouble closing out spreads, especially larger ones at home. Not all trends are created equal, but Brooklyn has failed to cover the spread in 23 of their last 24 home games as favorites. There is no reason for taking any late-game risk with an 8-point spread, so using OddsShopper to find the best first-half return is key. Cleveland still presents some issues for better teams, but no matter how much energy they have coming into this game, the Nets have been just a little bit better in this playoff push. Brooklyn has also struggled at home against teams with winning records, as both this trend and the previous one deal with a lack of late-game depth for the Nets.
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Kevin Durant Over 2.5 Made 3’s: +112 (FanDuel)
Durant seems to enjoy the home cooking in Brooklyn, or maybe it is the New York City tap water, but he has been consistently knocking down 3’s at the Center. Durant has hit at least three 3-pointers in four of his last five home games, allowing for a solid opportunity once again against Cleveland. Durant played only one home game so far this month, a light effort against a horrific Houston team, but ended March on a three-game streak of going over the above total. OddsShopper will always get the best return on all plays, so make sure to keep checking throughout the day as one book may get more action and shift odds.
Kyrie Irving Over 3.5 Made 3’s: +130 (DraftKings)
There is a theme building here and it fully exploits the Cavaliers’ inability to slow down either of the Nets’ superstars. Durant and Irving should find it rather easy to knock down 3-point shots against an average Cavaliers perimeter. Irving puts so much pressure on the opposing guards and Durant is a uniquely difficult matchup to solve. There is also zero correlation to one player doing well and the other struggling, so even if Durant puts up 50 tonight, there is plenty of room for Irving to also torch Cleveland. OddsShopper has a 21% xROI on this play and a 53% chance that Irving hits at least four 3’s. Awesemo’s free projection has Irving finishing just above the book’s total with 3.9 made 3’s against the Cavs.
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Caris LeVert Over 17.5 Points: -108 (FanDuel)
OddsShopper likes targeting LeVert for a decent scoring night, backed by Awesemo’s free projection on-site. LeVert has seen volume increase with the absence of two starters but has been inconsistent at times. LeVert is projected for 18.8 points by Awesemo, and OddsShopper gives this prop a 57% chance of hitting. The xROI on the play is still one of the better ones in this game at 10%. LeVert went over this number in two straight games to open the month of April but struggled last game against the Magic. Look for him to bounce back tonight.
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