Portland Trail Blazers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 11/23/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Venue:  Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Where to Watch:  BSOH

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Trail Blazers +8.5, Cavaliers -8.5; Over/Under:  216.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Trail Blazers +8, Cavaliers -8; Over/Under:  216.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Trail Blazers +8.5, Cavaliers -8.5; Over/Under:  217.5 points
 

Season Record

Portland Trail Blazers:  10-7 (3rd place, Northwest Division)
Cleveland Cavaliers:  11-6 (2nd place, Central Division)
 
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Portland Trail Blazers:  5-5 last 10
Cleveland Cavaliers:  5-5 last 10

 

Portland Trail Blazers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview and Analysis

 
The Trail Blazers are coming into this game with a 10-7 record overall and they are 6-3 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 3 game losing streak with losses coming against the Brooklyn Nets, the Utah Jazz, and the Milwaukee Bucks in their last game. Anfernee Simons led the team in points in that game with 29 while Jerami Grant was next on the team with 18 points. Anfernee Simons led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Jusuf Nurkić led the team in rebounds with 10. They were 47.3% from the field, 26.7% from 3-point range, and 78.9% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 109.9 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 108.9 PPG against them. The Trail Blazers have an ATS record of 12-5 this season and their O/U record is 6-9-2.
 
 
 
The Cavaliers are coming into this game with an 11-6 record overall and they are 7-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 3 game winning streak with wins coming against the Charlotte Hornets, the Miami Heat, and the Atlanta hawks in their last game. Donovan Mitchell led the team in points in that game with 29 while Darius Garland was next on the team with 26 points. Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland each led the team in assists in that game with 9 while Jarrett Allen led the team in rebounds with 11. They were 60% from the field, 52.6% from 3-point range, and 87% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 115.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 108.2 PPG against them. The Cavaliers have an ATS record of 10-6-1 this season and their O/U record is 9-8.

 

Trail Blazers vs Cavaliers Prediction

The current betting odds have the Trail Blazers listed as an 8.5 point underdog in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Trail Blazers got off to a very hot start this year and have cooled down a bit since then but they are still playing really well in a lot of their games. They are missing their star player Damian Lillard who will be out for a bit of a time but they know how to play without him and have been doing fine lately despite losing 3 games in a row. They had a chance to win all of those games as they kept all of them close and they will do the same here since this is a really good team even without Lillard. The Cavaliers also got off to a really hot start this season and have also cooled off since then but as well as they have been playing in their games lately, it will take a lot for them to win this game by double digits against such a good team. The Cavs have been really good at home this year but the Trail Blazers have been really good on the road and they will put up a fight here keeping this game close as they give themselves a chance to win it. The best way to place a bet here is on the Trail Blazers to cover the spread in this game.
 
Trail Blazers Cavaliers Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Wednesday, November 23, 2022 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Trail Blazers 116 Cavaliers 113.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Portland Trail Blazers: 43-71 ATS off a road cover where the team lost straight up as an underdog. 11-21 ATS after 3 or more consecutive losses. 19-13 UNDER after 3 or more consecutive losses.
Cleveland Cavaliers: 27-13 ATS after a win by 10 points or more. 15-8 ATS after 3 or more consecutive wins. 22-14 UNDER as a home favorite.
 

Key Injuries

 
Portland Trail Blazers:  D. Lillard (PG) Early Dec - Calf. G. Payton II (PG) Early Dec - Abdominal. K. Johnson (SG) Out indefinitely - Hip.
Cleveland Cavaliers:  C. LeVert (SG) Ques Wed - Ankle. D. Wade (SF) Out indefinitely - Knee. D. Windler (SG) Late Dec - Ankle. R. Rubio (PG) Early Jan - Knee.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
“Obviously playing Giannis it's always going to be a tough night. He's just so tough to guard. It took all five of us to guard him.” - Anfernee Simons after their loss against the Bucks in their game on Monday.
 
 
“Cedi gives you an opportunity to do that with his variety of skills. That’s like a spark lineup because you can find more speed, energy and spacing with him in that spot.” - J.B. Bickerstaff after his team’s win against the Hawks in their game on Monday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Portland Trail Blazers
PG Shaedon Sharpe
SG Anfernee Simons
SF Josh Hart
PF Jerami Grant
C Jusuf Nurkic
 
Cleveland Cavaliers
PG Darius Garland
SG Donovan Mitchell 
SF Lamar Stevens
PF Evan Mobley
C Jarrett Allen
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Portland Trail Blazers
PPG: D. Lillard (26.3)
APG: D. Lillard (7)
Reb/G: J. Nurkic (10.1)
 
Cleveland Cavaliers
PPG: D. Mitchell (29.8)
APG: D. Garland (7.8)
Reb/G: J. Allen (11.1)
 
Coaches:
Portland Trail Blazers: Chauncey Billups (2nd season)
Cleveland Cavaliers: J.B. Bickerstaff (5th season)
 


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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