Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Portland Trail Blazers January 12 Betting Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers (26-16) head for Oregon to play their fourth consecutive road game. So far, they've won only one, losing the remaining two, but the Cavs' morale is high, despite that record. Donovan Mitchell looks good, and with him in such shape, JB Bickerstaff's crew has nothing to fear.
The Portland Trail Blazers (19-21) finished their tour and are back home, but the results this unit posts are terrible. The team has four straight losses and is currently outside the play-in zone. Following an excellent start, the Blazers simply slowed down, putting themselves in a not-so-great situation.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview
Even though Donovan Mitchell had a burst in his former arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Utah Jazz, 116-114. The contest at the Vivint Arena was thrilling to watch, and in the end, the hosts had more luck, ending up on the winning side.
The Cavs allowed the Jazz to rally, with Jordan Clarkson having an excellent sequence when it mattered the most. We can say that JB Bickerstaff's team lost this one because of its mistakes, but Utah also needs to be credited.
Mitchell dropped 46 points, reminding everyone how he used to play here, only in the home jersey. Spida scored seven threes and was 14-for-27 from the field with six assists and five boards. Darius Garland had 21 points, while Evan Mobley and Caris Levert scored 12 each.
A big problem for Bickerstaff is Jarrett Allen's illness, and the tough center probably won't be in the lineup.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Preview
The Trail Blazers have four losses in a row, and the atmosphere in and around the franchise could be better. Lillard and the crew visited Minneapolis, Indianapolis, and Toronto, losing against all three games there, and in the end, suffered an unexpected failure at home against the Orlando Magic, 109-106.
Portland had three shots to tie the event, yet none went in. Overall, they posted one of the worst three-point shooting performances in the past year, going 6-for-35, or 17.1 percent. Lillard himself was 2-for-11, and Simons shot 2-for-9.
Dame ended the night with 30 points, Jusuf Nurkic scored 22 and 10 rebounds, and Jerami Grant scored 16. Simmons added 15 and seven assists.
The odds for this game are currently very close, and neither team can say that it has a certain edge over the other. That's why we believe there isn't a sure favorite in this contest and expect a close battle.
Meanwhile, both units are very good in the attack, with multiple options for scoring on that side of the ball. Mobley and Allen are defensive workhorses, and the Cavs' defense greatly depends on them. Without Allen in the paint, the Trail Blazers will have more space to score from that area.
Because of this and Mitchell's excellent performances, we expect to see an efficient game and, presumably, more than 220.5 buckets which is the current over/under the line in this case.
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