The Brooklyn Nets are on the road to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Brooklyn is 12-5 and second in the Eastern Conference, while Cleveland is sixth at 9-8.
The Nets beat the Cavaliers, 109-99, last Wednesday behind James Harden’s 27 points and 10 rebounds. Brooklyn has won four of its last five games while Cleveland has won two of its last five (including three consecutive losses).
The Cavaliers got off to a good start, but were hit hard by injuries. On Saturday, the team announced that Collin Sexton will be out for the year after undergoing left knee surgery after suffering a torn meniscus.
For the Nets, they will be without Joe Harris (ankle) and Bruce Brown (hamstrings). Kevin Durant was sidelined with a sprained right shoulder in Brooklyn’s 115-113 win over Orlando on Friday, but he will be back in action against Cleveland. It was a narrow victory for the Nets against the worst team in the conference, but Harden rebounded with 36 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way. Considering the problems he has faced so far this season, Friday’s game should have given him confidence.
Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers betting odds, spread, over / under
According to WynnBET, the Nets are the 6.5-point road favorites against the Cavaliers. Brooklyn is -270 on the moneyline with Cleveland at +230. The over / under for the game is set at 208.
Prediction Brooklyn Nets vs Cavaliers
There’s no reason Brooklyn couldn’t walk away from Monday’s game with a win, even though Cleveland still has two of its top three scorers in the starting lineup. Darius Garland is averaging a high of 17.8 points per game and Ricky Rubio is contributing 15 per game. If that tandem will be the Nets’ main goal, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Durant, Harden and Patty Mills all scored in double digits for the Nets in their first game against Cleveland, and there’s no reason it doesn’t play out the same way. Let’s not forget that Brooklyn has been successful on the road, having won six of its eight games away from Barclays Center. The Nets will have a great opportunity to continue this trend in Ohio.
We take the Nets -6.5 and less than 208 points.
Brooklyn 110, Cleveland 92.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Cavaliers TV Channel
The Nets-Cavaliers game will air on NBA TV with the kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Brooklyn Nets schedule and next matches
Brooklyn will face another Eastern Conference opponent on the road before returning to Barclays Center for a four-game home stay.
November 24 in Boston
November 27 vs. Phoenix
November 30 vs. New York
December 3 vs. Minnesota