The Phoenix Suns continue their three-game road trip with the interconference clash at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, so here’s the best Suns vs. Cavaliers betting pick for Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
While the Suns are trying to seal the No. 1 seed in the West, the Cavaliers are already looking to the future. Cleveland is out of the playoff contention, and the Cavs opened as 8.5-point underdogs for Tuesday’s game, according to William Hill Sportsbook.
The Suns have some slight injury worries ahead of this clash, as both Jae Crowder (ankle) and Cameron Payne (knee) are listed as questionable to play. On the other side, the Cavaliers miss Taurean Prince (ankle), Isaiah Hartenstein (concussion), and Matthew Dellavedova (neck), while Darius Garland (ankle) is doubtful to play.
Phoenix barely outlasted OKC for its fourth straight win
The Phoenix Suns (46-18; 39-24-1 ATS) are coming off a narrow 123-120 home victory over Oklahoma City this past Sunday. They nearly blew an 18-point lead down the stretch and failed to cover a massive 15.5-point spread on the road.
Devin Booker led the way for the Suns with 32 points, while Chris Paul helped his team to get the fourth consecutive victory with 18 points and 11 assists. Phoenix shot 53.6% from the field and surpassed a 120-point mark for the second straight outing.
With eight games to go on the season, the Suns are tied with the Utah Jazz for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. They’ve won 10 of their last 13 games overall and are 14-4 straight up and 10-7-1 ATS in their previous 18 games away from home. The Suns score 116.5 points per 100 possessions (7th in the NBA) while yielding 110.3 points in a return (5th).
Cleveland dropped six straight contests
The Cleveland Cavaliers (21-43; 24-40 ATS) are riding a six-game losing streak following a heavy 124-107 home defeat to the Miami Heat this past Saturday. They shot 50.0% from the field and went 18-for-36 from beyond the 3-point line, but the Cavs’ defense was awful once more.
Furthermore, the Cavaliers turned the ball over 19 times, allowing the Heat to record a whopping 12 steals. Kevin Love and Collin Sexton accounted for 25 points each, while Cedi Osman had a double-double of 15 points and 11 assists.
Cleveland sits at the 13th spot of the Eastern Conference table, one game ahead of Orlando, and a couple of games ahead of Detroit. The Cavaliers rank 28th in the NBA in offensive efficiency (106.0 points per 100 possessions) and 22nd in defensive efficiency (113.6).
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight games against the Central Division
- 0-6 ATS in the last six games overall
- 6-14 ATS in the last 20 tilts against the Western Conference
Phoenix and Cleveland already met each other in February, and the Suns beat the Cavs as 5.5-point home favorites, 119-113. I’m expecting another win by the Suns who are winless at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse since 2014.
The Suns will hopefully cover a huge spread in this one. They cannot allow any surprises, so I’m looking for the Suns to put on a strong performance on both sides of the ball. Phoenix should’ve learned a lesson from its previous contest against the hapless OKC.
Pick: Take Phoenix Suns -8.5 at -110
The over is 5-1 in the Suns’ last six games overall, and it is 5-3 in the Cavaliers’ previous eight outings at any location. Also, five of the last seven encounters between these two interconference foes went in the over, so I’m sticking with the betting trends.
The Cavs can play in a relaxed manner. They shot 50.0% from deep last time out, while the Cavaliers’ defense will have a tall task to slow down one of the best offenses in the league. Both teams play at a slow pace, averaging 97.2 possessions per 48 minutes each, but I have to go with the over.
Pick: Go over 214.5 points at -110