Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets 2/26/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets 2/26/23
Sun 26th March 2023

The Houston Rockets (18-56, 6-30 Away) will try to break down the NBA’s top scoring defense when they are on the road to face the Cleveland Cavaliers (47-28, 29-8 Home) on Sunday.

Houston was outplayed by the Memphis Grizzlies 151-114 at FedExForum on Friday, their fourth straight loss. Tari Eason was the scoring leader in the loss with 21 points. Kevin Porter Jr. chipped in with 20 points, seven assists, and six rebounds.

The Rockets are 15th in the Western Conference. Cleveland won their third in a row in a close one on Thursday at Barclays Center, beating the Brooklyn Nets 116-114. Donovan Mitchell topped the scoresheet with 31 points. With 26 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks, Evan Mobley also played a part.

The Cavaliers are the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The teams are meeting for the last time this season. After taking the only earlier season matchup against Houston 113-95 at Toyota Center on January 26, Cleveland will be looking for a season sweep. Darius Garland led the Cavaliers with 26 points and nine assists. Eason had 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

The Rockets have been led this season by Jalen Green, who is averaging 21.9 points per game. Meanwhile, Alperen Sengun is grabbing 8.7 rebounds per game, and Porter Jr. is dishing 5.9 assists. Mitchell has supplied much of the Cavs’ offense, averaging 27.5 points per game.

He has the seventh-best scoring average in the NBA. Garland is distributing 7.8 assists per game, seventh-most in the NBA, and Jarrett Allen is collecting 9.9 rebounds per game.

The Cavaliers rank as the top scoring defense in the NBA with 106.7 points per game allowed. The Rockets are 6-4 in the last 10 games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Houston is looking to snap a three-game losing streak away from home this season.

In the last 10 games, Houston is 3-7 with an average margin of -9.6 (112.5-122.1). Cleveland has gone 8-2 over the last 10, scoring 114.2 points per game on average while holding opponents to 107.0 (+7.2 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Tari Eason: 21.2 | 16.2 | +5.0


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Caris LeVert: 25.8 | 19.8 | +6.0
Points per game:
Caris LeVert: 18.2 | 12.0 | +6.2
Rebounds per game:
Donovan Mitchell: 5.8 | 4.2 | +1.6
Assists per game:
Donovan Mitchell: 2.0 | 4.5 | -2.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Cleveland Cavs -14.5 (-105)

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