Against the Spread Pick
For this Friday night game, we have two teams trending in complete opposite directions. The Cavaliers are an awful team and come into this game on a two-game losing streak. They are also one of the worst road teams in the league, posting an away record of 6-14. As for the Grizzlies, they are easily one of the hottest teams in the NBA. They are riding a six-game win streak, which includes a six-game streak of covering the number. As it stands, the Grizzlies have played their way into the eighth seed, but need to keep up the same intensity. Memphis’ average win margin during their win streak is 12.3 points per game. I cannot trust Cleveland at all with how bad they have been, so I look for Memphis to win this game in a blowout as a strong lean.
Over Under Pick
The total for this game is 229, which is pretty high for a game involving Cleveland. I would still look to the over because of how the Grizzlies are scoring. They are averaging 126.1 points during their win streak, but are allowing 112.1 during the same stretch. Even a team like Cleveland is capable of putting up plenty of points on any given night. I look for Memphis to completely blow out Cleveland, but the Cavs find enough points in the later part of the game to push this one over the total.