Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers November 7 Betting Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers November 7 Betting Preview

Tyler Vaysman
1 year ago
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Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac drives to the hoop against Cavaliers' Evan Mobley

The seemingly unstoppable Cleveland Cavaliers (8-1) continue their west coast road trip with a competitive matchup against the (5-5) Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. The Cavs are no stranger to the bright lights of Hollywood as they are coming off a come-from-behind win against the LeBron-led Lakers on Sunday. 

The Clippers, who have started the season slow considering their preseason expectations, are trying to find their mojo after a tough loss to the Utah Jazz. 

Cavs Betting Preview

The Cavs are currently four-point favorites against the Clippers. The point total for the matchup sits at 213.5, which seems a bit low initially based on the star power and depth of both teams. Donovan Mitchell will try to continue his 30 points a night rampage, and I’m not sure there is a player in this league that will stop the potential MVP candidate. 

Darius Garland, who returned from his eye injury, is dealing with some minor injuries, but it's hard to see him missing out on a prime matchup against a playoff team. Cleveland has been named the favorite six times this season and has yet to lose any of those games. 

This team's early success is due to the head coach and newest recipient of the “Junkyard Dawg” chain, J.B. Bickerstaff. He fully commands this locker room, and his players respect him. 

Kevin Love (the “grandfather” of the young Cavs squad) had nothing but good things to say about Bickerstaff’s ability to rally the team when he has needed to. This is probably the most praise a head coach has gotten in Cleveland since Ty Lue in 2016. Fortunately for fans watching tonight, we will see Bickerstaff and Lue face off and see who can construct a better game plan. 

Clippers Betting Preview

Considering how well this Cavs team is looking to start the season, it's hard to bet against this team. Cleveland has a 7-0 record against the spread and averages the 8th most points per game. 

Contrasting the Cavs offense, the Clippers defense looks to put a damper on any early Cavs fan parade planning. The Clippers allow the 5th fewest points per game to opposing teams but only have a .500 record to show for it.

Led by Paul George, the Los Angeles Clippers play a very familiar brand of basketball that relies on their top-of-the-lineup players scoring while their depth provides energy and defense. 

Playoff P, as he’s so infamously known, is giving the Clippers a standard 25-6-4, but he could use some help. In what seems to be a common occurrence, the once two-time NBA DPOY Kawhi Leonard has missed most of the season. The Klaw has only played two games this season and will be out indefinitely. 

The Cavs mobeyline is currently at (-173), but looking at the Cavs covering -4 could be very enticing, considering how in sync this team is. I’d expect another big rebounding day for Jarrett Allen, but he will be asked to play with more physicality in the paint, considering the Clippers brand of basketball. 

Paul George as the primary scorer, is liable to hit the over for points scored, and I'd also expect that he takes his chances from behind the arc early.

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