The high-octane offense of the Phoenix Suns (20-18) will have a challenge when they see the strong defense of the Cleveland Cavaliers (24-14) on January 4, 2023 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavaliers are 5.5-point favorites. A 217-point over/under is set for the matchup.
How to bet Cavaliers vs. Suns
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Phoenix Suns Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -209 odds to pick up the win, while the Suns are listed at +173 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 217 points.
Cavaliers vs. Suns Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSOH
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio
- Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cavaliers vs. Suns Betting Trends
The Cavaliers are 20-17-1 against the spread this season. Cleveland has been chosen as the favorite in 30 games this year and has walked away with the win 21 times (70%) in those games. Cavaliers games this year have eclipsed the over/under 18 times in 38 opportunities (47.4%).
The Suns are 19-19-0 against the spread this season. Phoenix has put together a 4-7 record in games it was listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 36.4% of those games). Suns games this year have gone over the point total 18 times in 38 opportunities (47.4%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Cavaliers: Evan Mobley: Questionable (Ankle), Darius Garland: Doubtful (Thumb), Mamadi Diakite: Out (Undisclosed), Dylan Windler: Out (Ankle), Dean Wade: Out (Shoulder), Ricky Rubio: Out (Knee)
Suns: Devin Booker: Out (Groin), Cameron Johnson: Out (Knee), Jae Crowder: Out (Not Injury Related)
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland has been lifted by its defense, as it ranks best in the NBA by allowing only 106.9 points per game. It ranks 20th in the league in points scored (112.1 per contest). When playing at home, the Cavaliers are averaging 6.5 more points per game (115) than they are away from home (108.5). In their last 10 games, the Cavaliers have been putting up 115.7 points per contest, an average that’s slightly higher than the 112.1 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.
Cleveland is 17th in the NBA with 11.7 threes per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 12th with a 36.6% shooting percentage from downtown. Of the shots taken by the Cavaliers in 2022-23, 62.3% of them have been two-pointers (71.4% of the team’s made baskets) and 37.7% have been from beyond three-point land (28.6%).
What you need to know about the Phoenix Suns
Offensively Phoenix is the 15th-ranked team in the NBA (114.2 points per game). Defensively it is 11th (111.7 points allowed per game). The Suns are putting up more points at home (116 per game) than on the road (112.4). While the Suns are scoring 114.2 points per game in 2022-23, they have fallen short of that over their past 10 games, producing 110.8 points per contest.
Phoenix is sixth in the league in 3-pointers made (13.2 per game) and fourth-best in 3-point percentage (38.2%). The Suns take 38.1% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 61.9% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 31.1% of the Suns’ buckets are 3-pointers, and 68.9% are 2-pointers.
Our prediction to win this contest is the Cavaliers, and we predict that Suns will cover the spread (Cavaliers -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 217 points.
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