Two sides struggling in their respective NBA division face off in Cleveland in what could be a crucial game in the context of both team’s seasons. The Suns are languishing at the foot of the Western Conference whilst the Cavaliers sit perilously close to the bottom of the pile in the Eastern Conference but putting a run together could propel them up the table.
Barclays Centre – Thursday 21st February 2019
Straight Win Market: Portland Trail Blazers – Odds: -110.00 (Intertops) & Brooklyn Nets – Odds: +101.00 (888 Sport)
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in 4th place in the Western Conference and are very much in play-off contention once again this season.
With 34 wins so far this season they have had enough about them for most of their opponents and will fancy their chances on the road here.
Damian Lillard was inspirational for the Trail Blazers in their win over Golden State Warriors last time out and he’ll be looking for more of the same here.
The Nets sit 6th in the Eastern Conference and they will be eying up a play-off berth come the end of the season.
Despite lacking consistency this term, they have a winning record in the Eastern Conference which has propelled them up the standings.
D’Angelo Russell is very much the main man for the Nets and he will be eager to impress, fresh off the back of his first All-Star appearance.
Head to Head
Portland Trail Blazers hold a heavy lead over the Brooklyn Nets historically with the Trail Blazers amassing 62 wins to the Nets’ 24.
Portland have won 5 of the last 6 meetings between the teams but this season’s meeting looks to be a lot closer to call.
Odds and Predictions
This could be a cagey opening but Portland Trail Blazers should be full of confidence here.
Top Betting Tip: Portland Trail Blazers to be leading after Quarter 1. Odds: +125.00 with Bet Online.
This should be a very close game that the Trail Blazers may just edge with their superior big game experience.
Top Betting Tip: Point Spread – Portland Trail Blazers to win the match with a -1.5 Point Handicap. Odds: -104.00 with Betway.
Both sides carry plenty of attacking talents and this game could be a points fest in Brooklyn.
Top Betting Tip: Over 224 points to be scored in the game. Odds: +100.00 with William Hill.
This should be a very edgy encounter but Portland seem to have the slight mental edge over Brooklyn and should triumph here.
Top Betting Tip: Portland Trail Blazers to win the match. Odds: -110.00 with Intertops.