Check out our Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers betting picks and odds for the NBA play-in tournament game that will take place in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, on April 12, 2022.
Brooklyn -8.5 (-110)
Under 228.5 (-110)
The no. 7 Brooklyn Nets and the no. 8 Cleveland Cavaliers will face off in the first play-in tournament game that will decide the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Brooklyn Nets were projected to be much higher in the Eastern Conference standings but with many obstacles during the regular season, here they are in the play-in tournament. Steve Nash’s team reached the lowest point in February when Kevin Durant was sidelined with an injury and the Nets went on to lost 11 consecutive games not being able to recover ever since.
James Harden ended up being traded to the Sixers in exchange for a group of guys that may have huge impact down the road. Ben Simmons is yet to make his debut for the Nets while Seth Curry and Andre Drummond have become valuable pieces for the Nets.
The Nest finished the season with 4 straight wins managing to go over the Cavs in the standings which brought this game to Brooklyn.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made many moves in the offseason and their roster at the beginning of the season looked more like a mess than like a playoff contender. Anyway, the Cavs surprised many with this season as they were among the top 4 teams for a huge portion of the season, reaching the top of the conference at one point. Darius Garland has established himself as the leader of the group and he will be the main treat when the Cavs visit Brooklyn. Just like Garland, center Jarrett Allen made his All-Star debut this season but he is questionable for the game against his former team.
The Cavs could have book their tickets to the playoffs and avoid the play-in tournament but they lost 8 of the last 11 regular season games and here they are facing a title contender in a play-in game.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Game Info
Matchup: Central vs Atlantic – No.8 Cavaliers vs No.7 Nets
Tipoff time: Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets Odds Analysis
The Brooklyn Nets are a 8.5 point favorites going into this one which is expected since the obvious difference in class.
The total for this game is at 228.5 which is pretty high given the fact that the Cavs are ranked fifth-best in the league allowing only 105.7 points per game.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions
Now after we have the basic info for the game and teams’ season, it’s time to share our betting predictions on the Brooklyn vs. Cleveland game.
Brooklyn Nets -8.5
This is basically a matchup with an experienced title contender on one side and a young and energetic but unexperienced team on the other.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been through many playoff battles including game 7s and NBA Finals series and playing with the season on the line is a familiar situation for them. KD is in great shape and there is no way for him to finish under 30 in this game which was his season average.
Kyrie Irving will have extra motivation against his former team and the rest of the Nest will just be ready to do the tiny little things.
The Cavs will leave everything on the court, no doubt about that, but will soon realize that they need to seek the playoff chance in the second game of the tournament against Atlanta or Charlotte.
Under 228.5 points
Both teams will enter this game with a must-win attitude and this will not be just another game since the season is on the line. In those kind of situations both teams will play the best possible defense which will lower the shooting percentages and eventually keep the score under the total margin.