At 5:00 ET, the Cleveland Cavaliers (-228) will travel to Houston to take on the Rockets (+187). The Cavaliers are 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Central Division with a record of 42-24. The Rockets are 11th in the Western Conference and 3rd in the Southwest Division with a record of 31-35.

Currently, the Cavaliers are favored by 5.5 points and the over/under line is set at 215.5. This non-conference matchup will be played at the Toyota Center and can be seen on Spac.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS VS HOUSTON ROCKETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Houston Rockets +5.5

This game will be played at Toyota Center at 5:00 ET on Saturday, March 16th.

WHY BET THE HOUSTON ROCKETS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-107 in favor of the Cavaliers.
  • Our projections have Donovan Mitchell finishing with Donovan Mitchell points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Cavaliers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.3% and knocking down 14 threes.

Can Cleveland Grab a Win on the Road?

In their last game, the Cavaliers defeated the Pelicans by a score of 116-95. They were 5.5-point underdogs heading into the game, giving them an ATS win. The O/U line for the game was 217.5 points.

This season, Cleveland has an O/U record of 30-35-1. In their games, the average combined scoring total is 223.2 points, compared to today’s O/U line of 215.5.

Against the spread, the Cavaliers have won their last two games and have an overall ATS record of 33-31. On the road, they are 16-13 ATS, while going 21-22 ATS as the favorite and 12-9 ATS as the underdog.

In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are currently in 3rd place with a record of 42-24. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 27-17 and 15-7 against the West.

On the road, the Cavaliers are 20-11 this season, and their average scoring differential on the road is +5.1 points per game. As the favorite, they are 32-12 this season and have gone 21-22 ATS in those games.

When it comes to scoring, the Cavaliers are averaging 113.8 points per game, which is 18th in the NBA. On the road, they are scoring 112.9 points per game.

So far this season, Cleveland has outscored the NBA scoring average in 45.5% of their games. In terms of pace, the Cavaliers are 20th in the league at 97.5 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Cavaliers are 13th in the league in field goal percentage at 47%. From beyond the arc, they are 16th in three-point shooting at 36%.

On defense, the Cavaliers come into the game ranked 4th in the league in points allowed at 109.4 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 110.7 points per contest (16th). Cleveland’s defense is currently forcing 12.6 turnovers per game, which is 14th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 21st in blocked shots, with an average of 4.8 rejections per game.

Does Houston Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Houston has a record of 31-35 this season, which has them 11th in the Western Conference. In the Southwest Division, they are 3rd.

The Rockets have won four straight games and are 5.5-point underdogs today against the Cavaliers. In their last four games, they have also covered the spread as the underdog.

This season, Houston has been the underdog in 43 of their 66 games. As the underdog, they have a scoring differential of -3.8 points per game. On the road, their ATS record as the underdog is 21-21.

In their last game, the Rockets defeated the Wizards by a score of 135-119. The O/U line for that game was 227.5, and Houston was favored by 8.5 points going into the game.

On average, Rockets games have finished with 225.8 points per game this season, and today’s O/U line is set at 215.5. This year, Houston has a combined O/U record of 29-37.

At home this season, the Rockets are averaging 115.6 points per game, which is 16th in the league. Overall, they are 20th in scoring at 113.2 points per game. In terms of pace, Houston is 14th in the NBA at 99.3 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Rockets are 27th in field goal percentage at 45%. From three-point range, they are 28th in the league at 35%. In terms of three-point attempts, Houston is 15th in the NBA.

So far this season, the Rockets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 40.9% of their games. In terms of two-point shooting, Houston is 26th in the league at 52%.

Coming into today’s game, the Rockets’ defense is giving up an average of 112.6 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 54.0% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 34.5% of their three-point attempts.