Larry Ness - Phoenix Suns vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Larry's NBA Las Vegas Insider:+$10,289 in Nov

Handicapper
Larry Ness
League
NBA
Competition
Phoenix Suns vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Time
11/24/2021 07:10 PM
Bet Type
Point Spread
Pick
Cleveland Cavaliers +7.5 (-110) (BetRivers)
Outcome
Win
Analysis
My 9* Las Vegas Insider is on the Cle Cvs at 7:10 ET. The Phoenix Suns used their perfect 8-0 record in the Orakndo 'bubble' two years ago, to end a 10-year playoff drought last season, finishing just ONE game behind the Utah Jazz for the best regular season record. The Suns extended their win streak to 13 games in Monday's opener of a four-game road trip with a 115-111 victory over the San Antonio Spurs and can match the third-longest win streak in franchise history with a victory tonight in Cleveland on Wednesday. The Cavaliers have been an early-season surprise but their 117-112 loss to Brookly on Sunday give them a season-high four-game losing streak. Guards Booker (22.4-5.6-4.9) and Paul (13.9-4.0-10.3) plus center Ayton (16.0 & 12.) are the Suns' version of a "Big Three." Devin Booker had 23 in the win over the Spurs, while Ayton added 21 &14 for his sixth double-double in his last eight games. Cameron Payne added 20 points off the bench to lead six players in double figures for the Suns, who shot a blistering 51.1 percent from the floor. Obviously, the Suns are more than just their "Big Three." Darius Garland (18.2 & 6.8 APG) scored 24 points in the loss to the Nets but was absent for an extended period after absorbing an accidental elbow to the face in the third quarter. Garland's backcourt partner Sexton (16.0) has already been lost for the season. The good news is that the Cavs' addition of veteran PG Rubio (15.1 & 6.3 APG) now looms large! The team's No. 1 pick, Evan Mobley (14.6 & 8.0) is also currently sidelined but the 7-0 Lauri Markkanen (13.9 & 6.1) collected 22 points and eight rebounds in his return from a nine-game absence due to COVID-19. Center Jarrett Allen (14.6 & 11.2) added 20 and 15, respectively, in his return from a three-game absence due to a cold. Now we all know the Suns will eventually lose but I'm not big on trying to predict when that will happen. That said, this Cleveland team has shown some 'guts' this season. Cleveland 'hung' with the Suns in Phoenix (lost 101-92 back on Oct 30) and even though the Cavs are not 100% healthy, here's my reason for playing them here. The Cavs opened the season 0-2 SU and ATS (were underdogs in bothe contests). However, since then, the Cavs are 10-4 ATS as an underdog. The Suns may get their 14th straight win but it won't come easily. Take the points. Good luck...Larry

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