The Memphis Grizzlies are in Cleveland, as the Cavs' long six-game road trip has finally reached its end. Cleveland went 2-4 in those six games and will be happy to be back home. The Cavaliers are the farthest thing from healthy, however, with seven players missing the last couple of games.
Cleveland has failed to reach 100 points in six consecutive games. And yet, the Cavaliers have been competitive in nearly all of them.
Their defense ranks first in the league, with their nitty-gritty style keeping them hanging in games. It doesn't matter who they play, betting the under is going to be the smart move.
It's unclear if the Grizzlies will have Jonas Valanciunas, but they have still proven to be a tough team even with Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. out. Bet the under because the Cavs never run up the score, and their defense should be able to keep the opposition from doing so.
Cleveland did just hold the Bucks to 100 points total. The over/under in this one is set at 218.5.
Wait, betting the under is smart in a matchup between high-scoring Portland and Toronto? It is, and here's why.
The Raptors will be on the second leg of a back-to-back and are going to be a bit tired coming into this matchup. The inconsistent minutes of their backups will be a negative factor here.
Portland can light up the scoreboard against any team it plays, as it probably will in this game. But the Blazers will be able to limit their opponents just enough to make sure the under is the final line.
They defend the perimeter well, an area that Toronto generally excels at as far as scoring.
The Raptors have just not been the same all year, as they have been playing outside of Toronto. They are playing their home games in Tampa, Fla., this year, as other teams cannot travel to Canada as they normally would with the circumstances.
The over/under is 232.5, just a little too high for this game. So stick with the under, and make some money.
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