The Cleveland Cavaliers (29-20) visit the Houston Rockets (11-37) in a non-conference matchup on Thursday. Tip-off will take place at Toyota Center. The Houston Rockets enter with the 15th seed in the Western Conference after 11 wins in 48 games; 29 victories have helped push the Cleveland Cavaliers into fifth place among Eastern Conference teams. This will be the first of two regular-season matchups between these teams.
Houston Rockets VS Cleveland Cavaliers Betting expert picks
Houston Rockets VS Cleveland Cavaliers Moneyline
Take the Cleveland Cavaliers to win (1.33) for the outright win on the moneyline.
Despite the home-court advantage, the Houston Rockets enter this matchup as the clear underdogs. The hosts are 7-16 SU at the Toyota Center in this regular season and 11-37 SU overall. They are 1-11 SU at home recently, losing 108-103 to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers are favored on the moneyline. A road win is priced at -306, which implies the visitors have a 75% chance of taking the victory and improving their 29-20 record.
Houston Rockets VS Cleveland Cavaliers Spread
Betting on the Houston Rockets +7.5 (1.91) is our favorite play for this matchup.
The previous five games between the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers have had an average winning margin of 16.2 points. This Thursday, the two rivals will face off once again and the point spread has been set at 7.5.
It’s been nip and tuck as far as the Houston Rockets’ recent home record against the Cleveland Cavaliers is concerned. Both teams have a 50% win rate from their past four matchups at the Toyota Center, with an average points margin of 13.8 points between them. The Houston Rockets have failed to cover in four of their past five home matches, going 1-9 ATS in the last 10 overall.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, on the other hand, went 4-1 ATS in their last five matchups against the Houston Rockets. In their last six road games against a team with a losing home record, they are 0-5-1 ATS. The visitors are 5-5 ATS from their ten most recent road trips, as well as 5-5 ATS in their last ten games overall.
Houston Rockets VS Cleveland Cavaliers Total
Take the Total under 222.5 (1.91) for the best over/under bet
Based on the recent head-to-head record between the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers, we shouldn’t expect a points galore. The total averaged 208.3 points in their past ten meetings, while the last five at Toyota Center produced 210.75 points on average.
The total line is set at 222.5. The Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ combined points total has not exceeded this 222.5 line seven times in their last ten matchups. Betting Under on the Total market returns odds of -110.
The last ten Houston Rockets games produced an average total of 234.1 points. The total only went over in two of the last five home games for the Houston Rockets. They are 5-3-2 against the total across their last ten games overall.
On average, the Cleveland Cavaliers have seen 221.6 points go on board during their past ten matches and 222.2 points in their last five contests on the road. Over was a winning bet three times in the past five road games for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 5-5 against the total in their last 10 home and away games combined.
Houston Rockets VS Cleveland Cavaliers Betting trends
- Moneyline (ML): Cleveland Cavaliers (-306) | Houston Rockets (+245)
- Against the spread (ATS): Cleveland Cavaliers -7.5 (-110) | Houston Rockets +7.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 222.5 (-110) | (-110)
Houston Rockets Form
The Houston Rockets made a swift return to losing ways last time out by slipping to a 103-108 defeat to the Washington Wizards. The defeat left them 1-9 from the past ten games overall and 1-4 in the last five at home.
The Houston Rockets have been having trouble scoring points this season. Their average of 109.7 points-per-game is one of the lowest in the NBA going into Thursday’s matchup. The home defense ranks 22nd in the league after restricting opponents to 117.2 points per game and 113.1 points at Toyota Center.
Last year, the Houston Rockets failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 19-62 regular season. They ended up 15th in the Western Conference and fifth in the Southwest Division. Their chances of reaching postseason play this season don’t look good either, with the away side 11-37 so far.
The Houston Rockets have 2 players injured for the upcoming match in Kevin Porter Jr., Jabari Smith.
Cleveland Cavaliers Form
Form is not looking good for Cleveland Cavaliers, who came up short in a 105-103 defeat against New York Knicks last week. Moreover, they have lost their last three road matches in a row. Their overall record for the last 10 games is 4-6.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had trouble scoring points this season. Their 111.5 points-per-game average ranks them near the bottom of NBA teams in this category. Defensively, there has been no letup. The visitors boast one of the stingiest defenses in the entire country, allowing just 107.2 points per game for this season and 109.0 points on average across their last five matches.
Last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers secured a berth in the Play-In Tournament but failed to advance to the playoffs. This season, however, the visitors have made a brilliant comeback. They’re in a stronger position to make the postseason now, sitting fifth in Eastern Conference and second in the Central Division.
Dylan Windler is the only reported injury concern for the Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of Thursday’s game.
Houston Rockets VS Cleveland Cavaliers H2H history
The total went under 222.5 points in the most recent encounter between these two sides. The Houston Rockets won the match 115-104 against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Toyota Center. The two sides came away with five wins from their past ten meetings, meaning the upcoming matchup between the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be something of a tiebreaker in this series in terms of outright wins.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the Houston Rockets managed 104.6 points on average per game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers put 103.7 points on board.