Cavaliers vs. Nets Prediction and Odds: Fade Cleveland with Evan Mobley Out

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Evan Mobley for the next several weeks with a right elbow sprain. They travel to Brooklyn tonight.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Evan Mobley for the next several weeks with a right elbow sprain. They travel to Brooklyn tonight. / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

At 9-6, the Cleveland Cavaliers would be the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference if the season ended today.

Quite a jump from the No. 13 seed from a season ago.

Unfortunately, their strong start may be coming to an end, as injuries are piling up faster than torn down LeBron James banners after taking his talents to South Beach. Evan Mobley, the current favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year is out for the next few weeks with a right elbow sprain, and the Cavs are already missing Collin Sexton among other key rotational pieces.

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets come off their first leg of a back-to-back with an embarrassing 117-99 home loss to the Warriors Tuesday night. Brooklyn entered the potential NBA Championship preview winners of three straight, including scoring at 120 points in those three games. The game appeared to be within reach until Kevin Durant went ice cold in the 3rd quarter.

Will they bounce back to cover a double-digit spread at home vs. the banged up Cavaliers? Let's dive into the odds from WynnBET and break down what bettors need to know.

Cavaliers vs. Nets Odds, Spread and Total


  • Cavaliers: +10 (-110)
  • Nets: -10 (-110)


  • Cavaliers: +370
  • Nets: -470


  • 208 (Over -110 / Under -110)

Cavaliers vs. Nets Prediction and Pick

With Mobley and several key Cavaliers out, it feels like too obvious of a play to back the Nets -10. However, even if the game script plays out as expected, I always worry about a double-digit spread and a team backdoor covering late in the game when things have already been decided.

Therefore, I'll lean towards the total instead. The Cavaliers are already a bottom-6 team in pace without one of their best two-way players in Mobley, their best rebounder in Jarrett Allen who misses out on a 'revenge game' narrative while out with an illness, and Lauri Markkanen is also expected to be out.

The Nets may be on a back-to-back, which in most cases I would go the other way with a double-digit spread, but I think they cruise early, defend well, and let their stars get some needed rest in the second half.

Cleveland has been a nice story, but with injuries piling up and the Nets looking to bounce back, expect a better defensive showing this evening.

PICK: UNDER 208 (-110)

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