Nets vs. Cavs Betting Preview & Pick: January 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Nets vs. Cavs Betting Preview & Pick: January 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Ayden Fahlstrom
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Nets vs. Cavs Betting Preview & Pick: January 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Brooklyn Nets come in at a massive disadvantage as they take on the Cavaliers. They’ve lost Kevin Durant, a key piece to their roster and he isn’t the only player out. Kyrie Irving remains “questionable” due to eligibility requirements. On top of that, Joe Harris and Nic Claxton have both been ruled out. This is definitely going to be a tough game for Brooklyn on Monday.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are actively working their way up the ladder in the Eastern Conference. Although it’s been a quiet climb, they’re now No.6 in the Eastern Conference and on a four-game win streak. Tomorrow, we’ll really get a glimpse of what they can do when they face the Brooklyn Nets. They come in as three-point favorites and are at home against Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Nets Preview: Can Harden carry them to a win?

It’ll be up to James Harden to run the show for Brooklyn against Cleveland. Recently, we’ve seen the Nets go 2-2 in their last four games. Through those games, we’ve seen some big wins, one of which was over the Chicago Bulls. However, asking this much from just Harden could be trouble. It’ll be better if Brooklyn can add Kyrie Irving into the lineup on Monday night.

Still, even with Kyrie in the lineup, the Nets could be in trouble. Having Kevin Durant out ruined the Nets last season and it could do so again this time. The Cleveland defense is very stingy, allowing just 102.39 points per game. Not to mention, the Nets defense is ranked in the back half of the NBA, allowing 109.10 points per game. So, what do the Cavaliers bring to this contest?

Cleveland Cavaliers Preview: This is a true test for the Cavaliers

Although the Cavaliers are on a four-game win streak, we need to see them get a dominant win. Their ten-point win over the Jazz was good, but beating the Nets will be even more impressive. This is especially true if Kyrie Irving is in the lineup along with James Harden. Through their last ten games against the Nets, Cleveland has gone 3-7. Their record against the spread is better.

Through their last ten meetings against the Nets, Cleveland is 5-4-1 ATS. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, they’re dealing with some injuries as well. Both Ricky Rubio and Collin Sexton are out for the season. Rajon Rondo has been downgraded to out against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. A player that has stepped up is Darius Garland, who put up 27 points against the Thunder.

Odds & Betting Lines for the Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers

As we mentioned above, the Cavaliers are the favored team by three points here. Obviously, this is due to Kevin Durant being out. Something that we’ll point out is that the Nets have been terrible at covering spreads this season. They have a record of 16-25-1 which is awful compared to the Cavaliers 29-13-2 ATS record. 

The total for this game is set at 220 and the Moneyline isn’t currently available. In four of Brookyln’s last five games on the road against Cleveland, the total has gone over. This is definitely going to be an interesting game to watch, so don’t miss out. 

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