The Cavaliers (-271) travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans (+219) at the Smoothie King Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 ET and the game will be televised on BSNO.

Currently, the Pelicans (-7) are riding a four-game winning streak and are favored over the Cavaliers (+7), who have lost two straight. The over/under line for this non-conference matchup is 216.5.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +7

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, March 13th.

WHY BET THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-113 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 46.9% and knocking down 12 threes.

Can the Cavaliers Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

Today, the Cavaliers are looking to snap a two-game losing streak as they face the Pelicans. Cleveland’s most recent game was a 117-111 loss to the Suns. The O/U line for that game was 220.5, and the Cavs covered the spread as 7-point underdogs.

This season, the Cavaliers have an O/U record of 30-34-1, and their games have averaged 223.4 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 216.5, and Cleveland has seen the over hit in three straight games.

Against the spread, the Cavaliers are 32-31 for the season and 15-13 ATS on the road. As underdogs, they are 11-9 ATS on the road and 9-12 overall. In the Eastern Conference, the Cavs are 3rd with a record of 41-24.

On average, Cleveland’s games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line of 216.5. In fact, 53 of their 65 games have had higher O/U lines. The Cavs’ O/U lines have averaged 224.5 points this season.

On the road, the Cavaliers are averaging 112.8 points per game, which is 18th in the league. Overall, they are 18th in scoring at 113.7 points per game.

Heading into this game, the Cavaliers have scored less than their season average in seven straight contests. In terms of pace, they are 20th in the NBA at 97.5 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, Cleveland is 13th in field goal percentage at 47%. They are also 10th in two-point shooting (56%) and 17th in three-point shooting (36%). So far this season, the Cavaliers are 7th in three-pointers made per game (13.6).

This season, the Cavaliers’ defense is the 5th ranked defense in the NBA at 5th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 63.1% of their games. Opponents are hitting 51.8% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.3% of their three-point attempts.

Does New Orleans Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

The Pelicans have won four straight games and are looking to extend that streak today against the Cavaliers. In the Western Conference, the Pelicans are currently in 5th place with a record of 39-25.

At home, the Pelicans are 18-12 straight-up and 17-13 against the spread. As the favorite, they are 26-13 straight-up and 20-18 ATS. Today, they are favored by 7 points.

On the season, the Pelicans have a 35-28 ATS record, going 20-18 ATS as the favorite. Their O/U record for the season is 28-36, and the under has hit in their last two games.

New Orleans’ most recent win came against the Hawks, with the Pelicans winning by a score of 116-103. The O/U line for that game was 221.5, and the Pelicans covered the spread (-6.5).

In their games this season, the Pelicans have averaged a combined 227.5 points per game, which is higher than today’s O/U line of 216.5. On average, their games have had an over/under line of 229.7.

When playing at home, the Pelicans have averaged 117.2 points per game this season, which is 12th in the league. Overall, they are 13th in scoring at 116.4 points per game.

So far, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA scoring average in 56.2% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 8th in the league at 48%. In addition, they are 10th in true shooting percentage.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Pelicans are 5th in three-point shooting percentage at 38%. However, they are just 23rd in three-point attempts per game. In terms of pace, the Pelicans are 17th in the league.

In the current season, the Pelicans defense has excelled, sitting 8th in the NBA by allowing 111.1 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Pelicans are forcing 12.7 per game, which is 16th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 17th in blocked shots at 5 per game.