Free NBA Picks Today: Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers 3/21/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers 3/21/23
Tue 21st March 2023

The Cleveland Cavaliers (45-28, 16-20 Away) travel to face the Brooklyn Nets (39-32, 19-14 Home) Tuesday in what is likely to be a low-scoring game. Cleveland outplayed the Washington Wizards 117-94 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Friday.

Darius Garland led the way with 24 points and nine assists. The Cavaliers are the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn lost their third in a row on Sunday at Barclays Center, falling to the Denver Nuggets 108-102.

Mikal Bridges tallied 23 points to top the scoresheet in the loss. With 19 points, Nic Claxton also produced a strong performance. The Nets are the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams.

Brooklyn will be looking for a season sweep against Cleveland after taking the only previous game 125-117 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in December 2022, their third straight head-to-head victory. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 32 points. Garland had 46 points and eight assists in the loss.

Donovan Mitchell is averaging 27.4 points per game, seventh-highest in the NBA, to lead the Cavs in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Garland is dishing 7.8 assists per game, seventh-most in the NBA, and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 9.8 rebounds per game. Claxton has powered the Nets on offense, averaging 12.6 points per game.

Claxton also has collected 9.2 rebounds per game. Royce O’Neale has recorded 3.7 assists per game. Half-court execution will be paramount in this matchup that features two of the NBA’s slowest-paced teams, as the Cavaliers and the Nets rank 30th and 26th, respectively, in possessions per game.

The Cavaliers have come up short more often than not in recent visits to Barclays Center, losing seven of the last 10. Cleveland is 7-3 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +8.5 (114.2-105.7). Brooklyn has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 112.0 points per game on average while scoring only 111.7 (-0.3 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Caris LeVert: 26.4 | 19.8 | +6.6
Points per game:
Caris LeVert: 18.4 | 11.9 | +6.5
Jarrett Allen: 6.0 | 14.4 | -8.4
Rebounds per game:
Jarrett Allen: 13.0 | 9.8 | +3.2
Assists per game:
Donovan Mitchell: 2.8 | 4.6 | -1.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Cam Thomas: 3.3 | 13.5 | -10.2
Points per game:
Mikal Bridges: 27.8 | 19.2 | +8.6
Cam Thomas: 2.0 | 10.3 | -8.3
Rebounds per game:
Royce O’Neale: 6.8 | 5.0 | +1.8
Dorian Finney-Smith: 3.4 | 4.7 | -1.3
Assists per game:
Spencer Dinwiddie: 11.2 | 5.9 | +5.3

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Cleveland Cavs (-150)

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