The Brooklyn Nets are on the road to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Brooklyn has a 12-5 record and is second in the Eastern Conference, while Cleveland is in sixth with a 9-8 record.
The Nets beat the Cavaliers, 109-99, last Wednesday behind James Harden’s 27 points and 10 rebounds. Brooklyn has won four of its last five games while Cleveland has won two of its last five games (including three straight losses).
The Cavaliers were off to a solid start, but have been hit hard by injuries. On Saturday, the team announced that Collin Sexton would be out for the year after undergoing surgery on his left knee after he suffered a meniscus tear.
For the Nets, they’ll be without Joe Harris (ankle) and Bruce Brown (hamstring). Kevin Durant sat out due to a right shoulder sprain during Brooklyn’s 115-113 win over Orlando on Friday, but he’ll be back in action against Cleveland. It was a narrow win for the Nets against the worst team in the conference, but Harden bounced back with 36 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way. Considering the problems that he’s run into so far this season, Friday’s game should’ve been a confidence boost for him.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers betting odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBET, the Nets are the 6.5-point favorites on the road against the Cavaliers. Brooklyn is -270 on the moneyline with Cleveland at +230. The over/under for the game is set at 208.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Cavaliers prediction
There’s no reason why Brooklyn shouldn’t walk away from Monday’s game with a win, even with Cleveland still possessing two of its top three scorers in the starting lineup. Darius Garland is averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game and Ricky Rubio is contributing 15 per contest. If that tandem will be the Nets’ biggest focus, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Durant, Harden and Patty Mills all scored in double figures for the Nets in their first matchup against Cleveland, and there’s no reason it won’t play out in similar fashion. Let’s not forget that Brooklyn has been successful on the road, having won six of its eight games away from the Barclays Center. The Nets will have a prime opportunity to continue that trend in Ohio.
We’re taking the Nets -6.5 and under 208 points.
Brooklyn 110, Cleveland 92.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Cavaliers TV channel
The Nets-Cavaliers game will be broadcast on NBA TV with the tip-off slated for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Brooklyn Nets schedule and upcoming games
Brooklyn will play another Eastern Conference opponent on the road before traveling back to Barclays Center for a four-game homestand.
Nov. 24 at Boston
Nov. 27 vs. Phoenix
Nov. 30 vs. New York
Dec. 3 vs. Minnesota