The Cleveland Cavaliers (27-17) host the New Orleans Pelicans (26-17) on January 16, 2023 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavaliers are big favorites, by seven points, in a contest pitting one of the league’s strongest defensive teams against one of the highest-scoring squads. The Cavaliers are first in points allowed per contest (107), while the Pelicans are fourth in points scored (117.3). The matchup’s over/under is set at 222.5.
How to bet Cavaliers vs. Pelicans
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 7 points, with sportsbooks listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -281 odds to pick up the win, while the Pelicans are listed at +227 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 222.5 points.
Cavaliers vs. Pelicans Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Monday, January 16, 2023
- Game Time: 3:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSOH
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio
- Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cavaliers vs. Pelicans Betting Trends
The Cavaliers have 22 wins against the spread in 44 games this season. Cleveland has won 24, or 68.6%, of the 35 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Cavaliers games this year have hit the over on 21 of 43 set point totals.
In the Pelicans’ 43 games this season, they have 22 wins against the spread. New Orleans has won 44.4% of the games this season it was the moneyline underdog (8-10). The Pelicans have eclipsed the over/under 58.1% of the time this season (25 of 43 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
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Cavaliers: Dylan Windler: Out (Ankle), Dean Wade: Out (Shoulder)
Pelicans: Herbert Jones: Questionable (Back), Zion Williamson: Out (Hamstring), EJ Liddell: Out (Knee), Brandon Ingram: Out (Toe)
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
Because of Cleveland’s offensive struggles this year, ranking fifth-worst in the NBA with 111.5 points per game, it has been forced to count on its defense, which ranks best in the league by ceding 107 points per game. Offensively the Cavaliers have played better at home this season, averaging 113.9 points per game, compared to 109.1 per game in road games. The Cavaliers have been scoring 113.6 points per contest in their last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly higher than the 111.5 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign.
So far this year, Cleveland is draining 11.4 threes per game (20th-ranked in NBA) and is shooting 36% (13th-ranked) from downtown. The Cavaliers are attempting 52.9 two-pointers per game this season, which account for 62.6% of the shots they’ve attempted (and 72% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 31.6 treys per contest, which are 37.4% of their shots (and 28% of the team’s buckets).
What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans
In 2022-23, New Orleans is fourth-best in the NBA on offense (117.3 points scored per game) and ranked 16th defensively (113.3 points conceded). At home, the Pelicans score 117 points per game. Away, they score 117.7. Over their last 10 games, the Pelicans are putting up 115.8 points per game, compared to their season average of 117.3.
In 2022-23, New Orleans is 21st in the league in 3-point makes (11.2 per game) and 11th in 3-point percentage (36.5%). The Pelicans attempt 34.6% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 26.2% of their made shots are from there. Inside the 3-point line, they attempt 65.4% of their shots, with 73.8% of their makes coming from there.
Our pick to win this matchup is the Cavaliers, and we expect that Pelicans will cover the spread (Cavaliers -7). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 222.5 points.
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