Pelicans vs Cavaliers Odds and Picks

Darius Garland dribbling vs defender

Jan 30, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) gets defended by Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph (18) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland is a 10-point favorite over New Orleans on Monday (Jan. 31) at 7pm ET at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Brandon Ingram, Jonas Valanciunas, and Josh Hart are all questionable for the Pelicans
Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction

After a rare loss on Sunday, Cleveland will look to bounce back on Monday night (Jan. 31) at home. The Cavaliers will host the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that is no stranger to losing lately.

The Pelicans have dropped three straight, and five of seven overall. A big reason for the recent skid has been an abundance of injuries, and injury trouble could continue against Cleveland – more on that later.

Pelicans vs Cavaliers Odds


New Orleans Pelicans
+10 (-110)

Cleveland Cavaliers
-10 (-110)

Odds as of Jan. 30th at FanDuel.

The Cavaliers opened up as a 10-point favorite, but the game’s total is currently off the board. Tip-off is scheduled for just after 7pm ET at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, a building where the Cavs are 15-9 this season.

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New Orleans Pelicans Betting Analysis

The Pelicans’ latest loss came at home to the Boston Celtics 107-97 on Saturday. Undrafted rookie Jose Alvarado led the team with 19 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, but the rest of the team was dismal from the field.

New Orleans shot 43.9% overall, but missed 24-of-32 three’s, a night after going 5-of-34 from beyond the arc in a loss to Denver.

Final stats from SKC @FDSportsbook @AlvaradoJose15 19pts, 4reb@willyhg94 14pts, 5reb@GTemp17 12pts, 5reb, 4ast@Devonte4Graham 12pts, 3ast

— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) January 30, 2022

Josh Hart chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans, but is being bothered by a knee injury. He’s listed as questionable for Monday, and he’s not alone.

Both of New Orleans’ top-two scorers Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas sat out Saturday, and are also questionable to play in Cleveland. Ingram has missed four straight outings with an ankle injury, while Valanciunas has sat out three consecutive contests with a non-COVID illness.

NBA INJURY ALERT: Pelicans SG Brandon Ingram (ankle), SG/SF Josh Hart (knee) and C Jonas Valanciunas (non-COVID illness) are questionable for Monday’s game vs. the Cavaliers.

— DK Nation (@dklive) January 30, 2022

The Pelicans don’t possess enough offensive talent to be missing one of their top-two scorers, let alone both. They rank 25th in offensive rating, and are averaging just 103 points per night during their skid. They’re 2-11 without Ingram this season, and 1-5 when Valanciunas sits.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Analysis

The Cavs, meanwhile, turned in a disappointing performance on Sunday in Detroit, losing for the first time in four games. They fell 115-105 to the Pistons, blowing a 9-point lead with nine minutes remaining.

Back at it tomorrow at home.

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) January 31, 2022

Darius Garland, third in 2022 NBA Most Improved Player odds, led the way versus Detroit with 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds, while prized rookie Evan Mobley chipped in 18 points, and nine boards. He’s the current runaway favorite in the 2022 NBA Rookie of the Year odds.

Jarrett Allen splashed 15 points, while Kevin Love was held to just eight points off the bench.

Cleveland was missing starting small forward Lauri Markkanen for the third straight game due to a sprained ankle. He’ll sit out again on Monday, and is expected to miss another week at least.

“I hope everybody woke up. I hope it lit something under their butt. I know there are more games but that was unacceptable tonight.”#Cavs guard Darius Garland on tonight.

— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) January 31, 2022

The Cavaliers put up solid shooting numbers against the Pistons, knocking down 46.3% of their looks, but struggled elsewhere. They lost the rebounding, assist, and turnover battle, while getting outscored by 18 points in the paint.

Cleveland typically dominates down low, thanks to its enormous size. They rank 12th in the league in points in the paint, and are a terrible matchup for New Orleans, especially if Valanciunas doesn’t play.

They’re also one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, ranking third in defensive rating, 20 spots higher than the Pelicans.

Pelicans vs Cavaliers Pick

The Cavs defense has been instrumental in their impressive play this season. They’ve won eight of their last 10, yielding 102 points or less in half of those outings. They rank second in scoring defense, and seventh in opponent field goal percentage.

.@KendrickPerkins is high on the Cavs’ potential this season 😳

“Their ceiling is the conference finals. No team in the East wants to see them in the first or second round.”

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 27, 2022

The 10-point line suggests that the Pelicans won’t be at full strength, and New Orleans has dropped each of its last three games by double-digits. They’re 2-5 against the spread in their past 7 contests, and 8-13 ATS as a road dog this season.

Cleveland on the other hand, is 15-8-1 against the spread at home, and 4-3-2 ATS on the second night of a back-to-back.

Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -10 (-110)

Author: wpadmin

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