Last Updated: 2017-11-09
It will be a clash between two phenomenal offenses when the Houston Rockets (8-3), 5-point favorites, challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-6) at Toyota Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 228 points and it can be seen on TNT at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Houston Rockets ATS Odds
Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Rockets won big over the Utah Jazz 137-110, while the Cavaliers were victorious over the Milwaukee Bucks 124-119.
Cleveland played a nearly perfect game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.402 (above their season average of 0.231) and a turnover percentage of 10.8 (better than their season average of 14.2). For those same stats, Milwaukee had marks of 0.145 and 15.9, respectively. Meanwhile, Houston’s 0.735 effective field goal percentage was their biggest strength over Utah, who had a rate of 0.506. The Rockets’ mark was above their season average of 0.529. Houston was lifted by James Harden, who had 56 points and 13 assists. Kevin Love, meanwhile fueled Cleveland with 32 points and 16 rebounds.
The high-octane offense of Houston will battle against the porous defense of Cleveland. The Rockets rank second in offensive efficiency, while the Cavaliers are 30th in defensive efficiency. The Rockets should have the edge on that end of the court.
Games including the Cavaliers have a tendency to go over the total (63.6 percent). Cleveland heads into the contest with records of 5-6 straight up (SU) and 2-8-1 against the spread (ATS).
In opposition of Cleveland, a little over half of Rockets games have finished under the total. Additionally, Houston owns records of 8-3 SU and 6-5 ATS.
This series was highly competitive last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Rockets won the most recent matchup 117-112. Houston out-rebounded Cleveland. The Rockets had more offensive rebounds (20 vs. four) and total rebounds (52 vs. 38). This is the first time these teams will clash this year.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Houston Rockets Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Rockets, ATS Winner – Rockets, O/U – Over
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The Rockets rank fourth in rebounds allowed per game (41.4) while the Cavaliers rank eighth (41.9).
Houston averages 44.5 three pointers per game, which ranks first in the league. Cleveland ranks 25th in three pointers allowed per game (31.9).
The Cavaliers average 18.0 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 12th in the league. The Rockets rank 20th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.0).
Houston ranks second in second chance points allowed per game (8.8) while Cleveland ranks ninth (11.2).
Cleveland ranks fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.1) while Houston ranks eighth (4.5).
The Rockets rank 13th in assists allowed per game (22.5) while the Cavaliers rank 26th (27.1).
The Cavaliers rank ninth in points in the paint per game (45.8) while the Rockets rank 14th in points allowed in the paint per game (42.4).
Houston averages 8.5 steals per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. Cleveland ranks seventh in steals allowed per game (7.6).
Houston ranks 14th in fast break points per game (9.6) while Cleveland ranks 25th (6.6).
In games where they allow under 100 points, Houston is 3-1 and Cleveland is 2-0.
The Rockets are 8-1 when they score over 100 points, while the Cavaliers are 5-4.
Houston is 2-2 ATS at home, while Cleveland is 2-2 ATS on the road.
The Cavaliers have 3 overs and 1 under in 4 road games.
The Rockets have 2 overs and 2 unders in 4 home games.
In their last five games, Cleveland and Houston have both had 4 overs and 1 under.
The Rockets are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Cavaliers are 1-3-1.
The Rockets’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.4, up from 6.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 114.2 points per game (4.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 119.2 points per game (5.3 above their season average).