In this high caliber duel between two top-4 squads of each conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers (39-28), who have fallen to the 4th place of the East and want to continue on the winning ways, are visiting the team with the longest active winning streak in the West, the Portland Trail Blazers (41-26), who want to secure their current strong placement.
Date/Time: 03-15-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -5
Portland are 41-26 (36-26-5 against the spread) so far in the league are sitting in the third place of the Western Conference. They have won their last ten games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Miami at home with a 115-99 score. Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring with 26.9 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and a team-best 6.5 dimes per game. CJ McCollum follows with 21.7 ppg, while Jusuf Nurkic adds 14.2 ppg and a team-best 8.5 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersCleveland are 39-28 (22-44-1 against the spread) so far in the league and have fallen in the 4th place of the Eastern Conference. In their latest matchup they ended a two-game losing streak with a road win against Phoenix with a 129-107 score. LeBron James leads the team in scoring with 26.9 ppg, adding 8.5 boards and a team-best 9 dimes per game. Kevin Love follows with 17.9 ppg and a team-best 9.4 boards per game but he is unavailable due to injury.
Cleveland were victorious at home in their previous meeting this season with Portland with a 127-110 score. Portland have a 25-11 home record this season, while Cleveland are 17-17 on the road. Cleveland have a better offense with 110.3 ppg to Portland’s 105.8, while Portland have a better defense, allowing 103.1 ppg to Cleveland’s 110. Cleveland have a better accuracy from the field with 47.48% to Portland’s 45.24%, while Portland have a better accuracy from behind the arc with 38.08% to Cleveland’s 36.83%. Portland grab more rebounds, with 45.3 to Cleveland’s 42, while Cleveland dish more assists per game, with 23.6 to Portland’s league-low of 19.2. Cleveland have been up and down after the break and Portland on the other hand have been red-hot and streaky, so expect them to win tonight by more than 5 points.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -5 (-109)