Later tonight at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland Ohio, the Phoenix Suns will be taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time this season. The Suns are coming off a season-low in points as they fell to the New York Knicks by a final score of 102-83. The Suns shot 27 percent from three-point range while the leading scorer of the game was Deandre Ayton with 12 points and 5 rebounds. The biggest takeaway from the game was the free throw disparity as the Knicks shot 25 free throws while the Suns only shot 7. It was a tough game for the Suns from an offensive production standpoint and they’re looking for better results tonight against the Cavaliers.
Speaking of the Cavaliers, the Cavs are coming off an overtime win against the Chicago Bulls where they won by a final score of 145-134. Donovan Mitchell was the player of the game as he had possibly the best performance of the season dropping 71 points and 11 assists on 64% shooting while hitting 7 threes. It was one of the greatest performances of all time that helped carry the Cavs to a victory. The team as a whole shot 52% from the floor and hit 33 free throws on 45 attempts. The Cavs like the Suns are looking to shoot the ball better from the three-point line in tonight’s game. Here are the odds heading into tonight’s game.
The Cavs are favored at -5.5 for tonight’s game against the Suns with the O/U being set at 217.5. On the road this season, the Phoneix Suns are 8-11 on the road and 5-5 as underdogs against the spread. The Cavs are 14-6-1 at home and 16-12-2 as the favorites going into tonight’s game. As for the O/U on the road, the Suns are 10-8-1 and 7-3 as underdogs. The Cavs are 11-10 at home and 15-15 as the favorites in terms of covering the O/U.
Even though the Suns had an off night shooting the basketball, they remain one of the best team’s in basketball from the three-point line ranking 4th in the league in three-point percentage. The Suns also have the best assist-to-turnover ratio as they do a good job for the most part in controlling the flow of the game and getting good looks for their teammates. The Cavs on the other hand rank 20th which tells me they like to play with more tempo and run-n-gun spots to get defenders out of position. With the Suns being able to control the tempo and slow the pace down, this bodes well for a great matchup tonight even with Devin Booker and Cam Johnson out.
The Suns are definitely going to have a better showing tonight as opposed to Monday in New York, but I still have the Cavaliers pulling through by a final score of 118-104. I think Donovan Mitchell won’t have the game that he had on Monday against the Bulls, but I’m expecting Jarrett Allen to show up in a major way in terms of controlling the tempo of the game on the boards along with getting to the foul line. The Cavs rank 13th to the Suns 29th in attempts and this could be the key to that.
Tip-off begins at 5:00 Mountain Standard Time and we’ll see if the Suns can put on a great well rounded performance in hopes to escape through an upset against the Cavs later tonight.