The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a back-to-back following a hard-fought 116-106 loss against the Dallas Mavericks last night. They battled for most of the game and just looked tired late. The Cavaliers were unable to hold on and fell out of the game in the 4th quarter. This is a Cavaliers team that is going to look better than last year. Much better.
They didn’t have Evan Mobley last year. That’s all I have to say about the Cavaliers. Mobley changes everything about the future in Cleveland. The Cavaliers also added point guard Ricky Rubio to the mix in the offseason. Rubio isn’t some kind of monster scorer, but he is a good facilitator and addition to the Cavaliers’ roster.
Through four games, @evanmobley is averaging 14.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.8 APG, 2.0 BPG and 1.3 SPG. He also leads the entire league with 72 contested shots.
Not bad, Rook ? pic.twitter.com/AktvEcRaXl
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 27, 2021
Kevin Love is still with the Cavaliers and healthy this season, so this isn’t the same team that went 22-50 a year back. Having said that, don’t get too excited because it could take a couple of years before things really begin to click for the Cavaliers. When Mobley reaches his prime, the Cavaliers should be a tough team.
The trick is going to be attracting a star to put with Mobley, though it’s not mandatory after the Milwaukee Bucks showed it’s possible. Everything changed when Giannis arrived in Milwaukee. From early looks, Mobley appears to be a future All-Star in this league. It’s going to be up to the Cavaliers’ front office to make all the right moves.
The Clippers welcome the Cavaliers to the Staples Center after finding their confidence in a 116-86 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. The Clippers opened the season with back-to-back losses against the Golden State Warriors, 115-113, and Memphis Grizzlies, 120-114. They responded on fire against the Blazers. Head below for our free Cavaliers vs. Clippers pick on October 27, 2021.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Cleveland Cavaliers||+8 (-110)||+280||Over 218.5 (-110)|
|LA Clippers||-8 (-110)||-350||Under 218.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Cleveland Cavaliers||LA Clippers|
|Points Per Game||108.3||114.3|
|Points Against Per Game||109.3||107|
|Field Goal %||47.4||44.8|
|Three Point %||30.3||33.6|
Cavaliers vs. Clippers Prediction:
The Cavaliers will have to regroup after dropping a game to the Mavericks last night. They had little left in the tank to keep up with the Mavericks in the 4th quarter. That’s probably the most concerning aspect of this one for the Cavaliers. If they’re sluggish and tired, then the Clippers should be able to pull away.
The Clippers didn’t have much confidence through their first two games. They were able to find it and get something back in their step versus a quality Blazers team, though. The Clippers had an early lead and didn’t look back in that one. They had a 31-17 lead going into the 2nd quarter, so were never in danger.
Despite having no Kawhi Leonard, there is still depth to be had on their roster. Luke Kennard came through off the bench with a big showing. He scored 23 points off the bench to provide the Clippers with a spark. Reggie Jackson was the leading-scorer from the starters with 18 points. It was a great sign to see the Clippers not needing Paul George go off to win comfortably.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends:
- 4-14 ATS in their previous 18 games
- 3-15 overall in their previous 18 games
- 0-5 ATS in their previous five games versus the Clippers
- 1-9 ATS in their previous ten games on the road
- 0-19 overall in their previous 19 games in the Pacific Division
- 9-4 ATS in their previous 13 games
- 6-3 ATS in their previous nine games at home
- 5-0 ATS in their previous five games versus the Cavaliers
- 12-1 overall in their previous 13 games in the Central Division
The Cavaliers need to shoot the three ball better if they’re going to beat good teams this year. They’ve been pretty cold from deep so far, as they’re shooting 30.3% for 27th in the NBA. That’s held them back from scoring more points. The Cavs are heading into Staples Center with 108.3 points per game for 18th in the NBA.
Their rebounding hasn’t been up to par either. In a back-to-back versus two tough teams, I don’t know if the Cavaliers are going to be overly interested in banging on the boards at the Staples Center. They are 26th in defensive and 24th in offensive rounding in the early stages of the 2021-22 campaign. This should be a close game in the first-half, but the Clippers should pull away for a 10-15 point win if they’re interested.