Cleveland Cavaliers vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick – March 4

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of games throughout March 4. Nine games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers. These two teams have been strong this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Cleveland has earned a record of 36-26 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are four and a half games back on the top seed entering this one. Cleveland has lost two games in a row and five of their last six. The Cavaliers will look to get back on track with a big win on the road in this one.

The 76ers have put up a record of 38-23 so far this season, which has them in third place of the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is two games back on the top seeded Miami Heat and half a game back on the second spot. The 76ers have won four games in a row and six of their last seven. Philadelphia will look to close the gap in the standings with a win on Friday night.

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Cavaliers have struggled a bit as of late and will look to get back on track. Philadelphia has been red hot recently. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Cleveland Cavaliers +5 ½ (-110) Over 220 ½ (-110)
Philadelphia 76ers -5 ½ (-110) Under 220 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Cleveland Cavaliers Philadelphia 76ers
Overall Record 36-26 38-23
Away/ Home Record 17-15 17-13
PPG 106.5 108.5
PPG Away/ Home 106.7 108.0
PAPG 103.0 106.0
PAPG Away/ Home 105.0 105.5

Betting Trends

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 33-26 ATS this season
  • 18-12 ATS as an underdog
  • 16-14 ATS in road games
  • 0-1 ATS in March
  • 8-3 ATS on Friday nights
  • 6-4 ATS against Atlantic division
  • 5-7 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 7-9 ATS after scoring 100 points or less
  • 4-2 ATS after playing three straight home games
  • 18-8 ATS against team with a winning record

Philadelphia 76ers

  • 31-30 ATS this season
  • 19-19 ATS as a favorite
  • 12-18 ATS in home games
  • 1-0 ATS in March
  • 4-4 ATS on Friday nights
  • 6-3 ATS against Central division
  • 8-4 ATS after a divisional game
  • 11-10 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 9-5 ATS after three or more straight wins
  • 15-15 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up once so far this season on February 12 in Philadelphia. Darius Garland put up 27 points for Cleveland. Jarrett Allen added 13 points, but it was not enough. Joel Embiid dropped 40 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Tyrese Maxey scored 16 points to help lead the 76ers to a 103-93 win at home.

Field Goal Shooting

The Cavaliers have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. Cleveland has made 46.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 9th in the league. The Cavaliers have shot 35.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 14th in the NBA. Cleveland has sunk 75.5 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 23rd in the league.

Philadelphia has been strong shooting the ball so far this season. The 76ers have been shooting 46.4 percent from the field, which is 12th in the NBA. Philadelphia has made 35.9 percent of their shots from deep, which is 9th in the league. The 76ers have drained 81.7 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 1st in the NBA.

These two teams have been solid shooting the ball, but Cleveland has been a bit better on defense. The Cavaliers have held opposing teams to a 44.4 percent from the field, which is 4th in the league. Philadelphia has allowed their opponents to shoot 45 percent from the field, which is 10th in the NBA. Both teams will look for their defenses to lead them in this one.

Top Performers

Darius Garland has been the leader for Cleveland this season. Garland has averaged 20.5 points and 7.9 assists per game. Jarrett Allen is averaging 16.3 points and 11 rebounds per game. Evan Mobley has averaged 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, while Kevin Love is averaging 14 points. Lauri Markkanen has averaged 13.9 points and Cedi Osman is averaging 11.1 points per game.

Joel Embiid and James Harden have been great for the 76ers since teaming up. Embiid is averaging 29.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Harden has averaged 27.3 points, 9 rebounds and 12.3 assists per game. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Tyrese Maxey has averaged 17.3 points per game to round out the lineup.

These two teams have been led by their leaders throughout this season. Philadelphia has stepped up big time since trading for James Harden. The Cavaliers are still likely missing Caris LeVert, which hurts their depth a bit. If either team can have some players come out hot in this one, it could be enough to hold on for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Cavaliers have been struggling as of late and will have a tough matchup in Philadelphia. The 76ers have been the better team shooting the ball and their defense has improved with Harden. If Philadelphia can grab an early lead in this one, I think they can earn the win on Friday.

BetOnline has the 76ers listed as a -5 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Philadelphia at home. I agree with this line as the 76ers have been red hot as of late, while the Cavaliers have been stumbling. Harden has added an extra element to Philadelphia that they were missing. As slight favorites in this one, I really like the value on the 76ers.

The Bet
Philadelphia 76ers -5.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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