Cavaliers vs. Nets Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 26 (Brooklyn Edges Cleveland in Heavyweight Showdown)

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Cavaliers vs. Nets Game Info

  • Date: Monday, December 26, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse -- Cleveland, Ohio
  • Coverage: NBA TV, BSOH, and YES

Monday's NBA slate features a heavyweight showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets, both of whom are competing for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are currently third at 22-12, just half a game ahead of the fourth-place Nets.

Both teams are coming into this game hot as well, so which one will prevail in this marquee matchup?

Cavaliers vs. Nets Odds & Spread

All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.

Cavaliers vs Nets Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Cavaliers -2 - - 220.5 -110 -110 -126 108

The Cavaliers enter this game as slight home favorites on both the moneyline and the spread at FanDuel Sportsbook. This game also features a total of 221 points, which is the lowest on Monday's slate.

Cavaliers vs. Nets Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers put together a 41-36-5 ATS record last year.
  • The Nets had an ATS record of 14-11 as underdogs of 2 points or more last year.
  • Last season, the combined scoring went over the point total 37 times in Cavaliers games.
  • Out of 82 Nets games last year, 41 went over the total.

Cavaliers vs. Nets Prediction & Pick

The Nets are coming into this game on fire after winning 12 of their last 13 games, including their last eight in a row. Their winning streak will be tested on the road against the Cavaliers, however, who have won five of their last six.

Despite having nearly identical records, these two teams are constructed very differently. Brooklyn is built around offensive superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, while Cleveland thrives thanks to its league-best defense.

The Nets play good defense as well, however, ranking eighth in fewest points allowed and ninth in defensive rating. That could make things tough for the Cavaliers, who average the seventh-fewest points per game.

With its superior talent and balance, Brooklyn is the better team and should come out on top here.

Final Score Prediction: Nets: 111 | Cavaliers: 108

Cavaliers vs. Nets Best Bet

Cleveland's defense will keep things close, but Brooklyn is tough to stop when Durant and Irving are both in sync. The Nets are also simply playing incredible basketball on both ends of the court right now and have been for the last month.

The Cavs are good, but Brooklyn's better. Take the Nets' moneyline at plus odds.

Bet: Brooklyn Nets Moneyline (+114)

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Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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