Cleveland Cavaliers vs Portland Trail Blazers (By: Miyagi)
This is the 5th straight home game for the Cavs who have now won 3 of their last 4 which of course can't be great for a tanking team, maybe the opposite. Are they in great form? I wouldn't say so because it was more about their tanking opponents' effort than the great form that brought them the wins. Of course, coach's intentions have been clear (they allowed Love to stay on the court with 4 fouls midway through the second quarter against the Suns, they use a wide rotation based on their youngest core) but Love's return brought some excitement which along with his great performances forced the Cavs to go after the wins in what where close games until the last quarter.
Now things are completely different as they face a fully motivated team that is in need for wins and the Blazers have been more than convincing and consistent against weaker sides. What they need to do is to play defense properly, unlike what the last 3 Cavs' opponents did! They have strong defenders like Aminu and Nurkic to throw on Love, while on the other side the Cavs are going to have trouble matching Blazers' great guards as well as Nurkic's strength inside the paint, the Blazers also have more quality, depth and experience and they know for fact that the Cavs have won 3 of their last 4 and so complacency won't be an issue.
Blazers rank much higher in offensive and defensive efficiency but the main difference here will be their defense which is expected to hold Cavs to a very low score and bring them an easy win by double digits.
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Portland Trail Blazers predictions
|Blazers AH -9.0||Pinnacle||1.92||10||110-123 WON (+9.2 units)|
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Portland Trail Blazers betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).