Tuesday, December 7 2021

Through 2 Quarters

The Brooklyn Nets were expected to win this one, and so far that’s exactly how it’s playing out. They are way out in front at halftime with a 62-41 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Brooklyn has been relying on point guard James Harden, who has 16 points and four assists along with five rebounds, and power forward Kevin Durant, who has 19 points in addition to two boards. Point guard Ricky Rubio has done his best for Cleveland, currently boasting 18 points (44% of their total).

The Nets’ lead is the biggest they have had this season going into the third quarter.

Who’s Playing

Cleveland @ Brooklyn

Current Records: Cleveland 9-6; Brooklyn 10-5

What to Know

The Cleveland Cavaliers have enjoyed the comforts of home their last four games, but now they must head out on the road. They will square off against the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at Barclays Center. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they’ll have plenty of motivation to get the ‘W.’

The Cavaliers were within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Monday as they fell 98-92 to the Boston Celtics. Power forward Evan Mobley had a pretty forgettable game, finishing with only one point on 0-for-11 shooting in his 28 minutes on the court.

Meanwhile, the game between Brooklyn and the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday was not a total blowout, but with the Nets falling 117-99 at home, it was darn close to turning into one. Brooklyn was down 98-76 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. The top scorer for Brooklyn was point guard James Harden (24 points).

Cleveland is expected to lose this next one by 9.5. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 9-3 against the spread when expected to lose.

Cleveland is now 9-6 while the Nets sit at 10-5. A couple numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: The Cavaliers come into the contest boasting the fewest fouls per game in the league at 15.9. But Brooklyn enters the matchup with 20.1 fouls drawn per game on average, good for third best in the league. The ref’s whistle might dictate the flow of action in this one.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Barclays Center — Brooklyn, New York
  • TV: Bally Sports – Ohio
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $16.00

Odds

The Nets are a big 9.5-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.

Bettors have moved against the Nets slightly, as the game opened with the Nets as an 11-point favorite.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Cleveland have won 12 out of their last 19 games against Brooklyn.

  • May 16, 2021 – Brooklyn 123 vs. Cleveland 109
  • Jan 22, 2021 – Cleveland 125 vs. Brooklyn 113
  • Jan 20, 2021 – Cleveland 147 vs. Brooklyn 135
  • Nov 25, 2019 – Brooklyn 108 vs. Cleveland 106
  • Mar 06, 2019 – Brooklyn 113 vs. Cleveland 107
  • Feb 13, 2019 – Brooklyn 148 vs. Cleveland 139
  • Dec 03, 2018 – Cleveland 99 vs. Brooklyn 97
  • Oct 24, 2018 – Brooklyn 102 vs. Cleveland 86
  • Mar 25, 2018 – Cleveland 121 vs. Brooklyn 114
  • Feb 27, 2018 – Cleveland 129 vs. Brooklyn 123
  • Nov 22, 2017 – Cleveland 119 vs. Brooklyn 109
  • Oct 25, 2017 – Brooklyn 112 vs. Cleveland 107
  • Jan 27, 2017 – Cleveland 124 vs. Brooklyn 116
  • Jan 06, 2017 – Cleveland 116 vs. Brooklyn 108
  • Dec 23, 2016 – Cleveland 119 vs. Brooklyn 99
  • Mar 31, 2016 – Cleveland 107 vs. Brooklyn 87
  • Mar 24, 2016 – Brooklyn 104 vs. Cleveland 95
  • Jan 20, 2016 – Cleveland 91 vs. Brooklyn 78
  • Nov 28, 2015 – Cleveland 90 vs. Brooklyn 88

Injury Report for Brooklyn

  • Paul Millsap: Out (Personal)
  • Joe Harris: Out (Ankle)
  • Nicolas Claxton: Out (Illness)
  • Kyrie Irving: Out (Not Injury Related)

Injury Report for Cleveland

  • Lamar Stevens: Out (Ankle)
  • Jarrett Allen: Out (Illness)
  • Lauri Markkanen: Out (Covid-19)
  • Evan Mobley: Out (Elbow)
  • Collin Sexton: Out (Knee)

Source: CBSSports.com

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