The Cleveland Cavaliers (35-22) take to the road for a matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans (29-27) at the Smoothie King Center on Friday. The New Orleans Pelicans go into the game with the seventh seed in the Western Conference, while the Cleveland Cavaliers rank fourth in the Eastern Conference. This upcoming match between these teams is sure to be a real nail-biter. The New Orleans Pelicans are determined to secure a crucial home victory, which could move them closer to the playoffs. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t make it easy for them, as they aim to increase their 35-game win tally.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Cleveland Cavaliers Betting expert picks
New Orleans Pelicans VS Cleveland Cavaliers Moneyline
Go for the Cleveland Cavaliers to win (1.71) on the moneyline.
The New Orleans Pelicans enter the game as the underdog. Betting on the team to win at home returns odds of +120 on the moneyline. That said, they boast an 8-2 record in recent matchups against the Cleveland Cavaliers and are coming off a 116-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in impressive form, currently riding a four-game winning streak. They have even won their last two road games in a row. The odds of them achieving another victory away from home are estimated to be 58%, as indicated by their -140 odds on the moneyline.
Take the Cleveland Cavaliers to win outright against the New Orleans Pelicans. The visitors are 35-22 for the season and are in brilliant form, winning their last four games straight up.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Cleveland Cavaliers Spread
Take the Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 (1.91) as they are the best bet.
The Ohio sports betting sites have installed the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 2.5-point favorites over the New Orleans Pelicans. This implies a win on the road is likely, albeit by a slim margin. That said, it was the New Orleans Pelicans that won the last four encounters at the Smoothie King Center. The average difference in points was 16.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans have gone 16-12 ATS at Smoothie King Center. Their overall record for the season is 26-28-1 ATS. In terms of covering the spread, the New Orleans Pelicans have been a safe bet recently. They have covered the spread in their last two outings, going 2-1-2 ATS in their last five matchups in all.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have covered the spread in their last two road games. Their record away from home is 13-15 ATS. Against the spread, the Cleveland Cavaliers have managed to string together a fine record. They have covered in their last four outings, going 7-3 ATS in their past ten games.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Cleveland Cavaliers Total
Take Total Under 225 (1.91)
The last five matchups between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Smoothie King Center have resulted in a combined average total of 223.5 points, while the previous ten games only brought in 209.2 points in comparison.
At the Smoothie King Center, the New Orleans Pelicans have gone 12-16 O/U against the total. Their record for the season is 30-25 O/U. While the home team’s past ten games finished 4-6 O/U, three of the last five went over the total.
The Cleveland Cavaliers went under the total in their last five road games. Their away record is 11-16 O/U. The visitors have gone 13-14 O/U in their most recent matchups against Southwest teams and 2-8 O/U in their last ten games overall.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Cleveland Cavaliers Betting trends
- Moneyline (ML): Cleveland Cavaliers (-140) | New Orleans Pelicans (+120)
- Against the spread (ATS): Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 (-110) | New Orleans Pelicans +2.5 (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans Form
Form-wise, the New Orleans Pelicans are looking strong on the back of three consecutive wins. A 116-107 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks extended their winning streak, leaving them 3-7 in their last 10 matches overall.
Entering Friday’s matchup, the New Orleans Pelicans have been an average team in terms of offensive capability, averaging 115.5 points per game. The home defense of this team has an average performance compared to other teams in the league, allowing opponents to score an average of 113.5 points per game.
After last year’s first-round exit, the New Orleans Pelicans hope to clinch another postseason berth. The hosts have gone 29-27 this season, leaving them with the Western Conference’s seventh seed. This will set them up for a spot in the Play-In Tournament as things stand.
Zion Williamson, Dyson Daniels, and EJ Liddell are set to miss the New Orleans Pelicans game due to injuries.
Cleveland Cavaliers Form
Form is strong for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who beat Detroit Pistons by a 113-85 scoreline last time out, thereby extending their winning streak to four matches. Their overall regular season record is now 35-22 and 12-16 on the road.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had trouble scoring points this season. Their 111.8 points per game average ranks them near the bottom of NBA teams in this category. Defensively, the away defense is one of the best in shutting out opponents, ranking third in the league with 106.2 points conceded per game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had a disappointing season last year, missing out on the playoffs after making it to the Play-In Tournament. However, the visitors are currently in a much stronger position to qualify for the postseason this time around. They rank fourth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Central Division.
Donovan Mitchell, Dylan Windler, and Darius Garland are all carrying injuries going into the latest Cleveland Cavaliers game.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Cleveland Cavaliers H2H history
The Cleveland Cavaliers emerged victorious in their last two battles against the New Orleans Pelicans, winning the most recent match with a 113-103 score on January 2023, and the one before that with a 93-90 tally on February 2022. Playing the New Orleans Pelicans on the road has often proved to be an experience to forget for the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially in their last four visits, which saw them fall to defeat four times.
The New Orleans Pelicans tallied 110 points on average per game from their ten most recent head-to-head games against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The latter managed an average of 99.2 points in comparison.