Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick – NBA December 15, 2021

The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers are scheduled to meet at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers are looking to extend their winning streak to five games in this one.

They’ve been good this season, and it doesn’t look like a flash in the pan. Cleveland looks ready to roll and go on a strong push for the postseason. The addition of Evan Mobley has changed the outlook for the Cavaliers.

Let’s not forget about other contributors that have been stepping up for the Cavaliers. This is a young and hungry team, but Mobley is the centerpiece and was certainly needed in Cleveland.

Along with Mobley, Darius Garland has been a difference maker in the backcourt. Garland is averaging 19.8 points and 7.5 assists per game.

He’s a 21-year-old that is playing like a 25-year-old with years of experience. Garland was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft, and is just not reaching his full potential in the NBA.

In my book, Scottie Barnes and Mobley are in a dead heat for the Rookie of the Year award. Slight lean to Mobley because his team is playing better basketball, but these two will be compared for a long time.

The Cavs are up to 17-12 on the season and fourth in the league. They are coming off one of their best wins of the season, as Cleveland dispatched the Miami Heat by a score of 105-94. The Houston Rockets are coming off a big win of their own against the Atlanta Hawks.

Houston has been playing better basketball of late, including a straight up win as 10.5-point underdogs in Atlanta. They are currently on a three-game road trip, with a stop in Cleveland their final outing before going home for a back-to-back tomorrow.

Head below for our free Rockets vs. Cavaliers pick on December 15, 2021.

Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Houston Rockets +9.5 (-110) +330 Over 216.5 (-110)
Cleveland Cavaliers -9.5 (-110) -410 Under 216.5 (-110)
Team Data Houston Rockets Cleveland Cavaliers
Overall Record 9-18 17-12
ATS Record 15-11-1 22-7-0
Away/Home Record 2-12 8-7
ATS Away/Home 8-5-1 11-4-0
Points Per Game 106.9 106.0
Points Against Per Game 112.6 101.9
Field Goal % 44.8 45.8
Three Point % 34.5 35.7

Rockets vs. Cavaliers Prediction:

The Rockets could be without two big pieces on the floor tonight. Eric Gordon has been ruled OUT with a groin injury for this one. He’s coming off a big showing against the Hawks and was the catalyst for their 132-126 win.

Gordon poured in 32 points and shot 10-16 from the field, including 5-8 from three. He doesn’t play that well and the Rockets aren’t getting out of Atlanta with a win. Gordon’s absence deprives the Rockets of a 15.1 points a game scorer at shooting guard.

Along with no Gordon, it’s looking unlikely that Christian Wood is going to be able to go in Cleveland. Wood is listed as questionable, but might be closer to doubtful. Without Wood, the Rockets are without 16.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game of production.

Evan Mobley is listed as questionable, but is much closer to playing than Wood. The Cavaliers hold a huge advantage in this one if Mobley is playing without Wood on the floor. Mobley should have his way and put up a big performance.


Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends:

Rockets

  • 5-0 ATS in their previous five games
  • 4-1 ATS in their previous five games as an underdog on the road
  • 6-1 ATS in their previous seven games after a win
  • 5-0 ATS in their previous five games after allowing more than 100 points
  • OVER is 7-1 in their previous eight games as an underdog

Cavaliers

  • 5-0 ATS in their previous five games as a favorite
  • 7-0 ATS in their previous seven games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • 22-5 ATS in their previous 27 games
  • 13-3 ATS in their previous 16 games after a win
  • 15-3 ATS in their previous 18 games on one-day rest

The Rockets and Cavaliers have been two of the better bets in the NBA this season. That’s especially true for the Cavaliers who have covered 22 out of 29 games in 2021-22.

They choose to play defense, while the Rockets are still coming along in that regard. Cleveland has allowed 101.9 points per game for second in the NBA.

Teams are shooting just 33% from three versus the Cavs this season. They are fourth at defending the three ball.

Conversely, Houston has gotten hammered for 112.6 points against per game. They’re 28th in the league defensively, and will struggle if Wood doesn’t suit up.

Expect the Cavaliers to find it easy to score against this Houston team without the Rockets at full health. The Rockets are playing well, and 9.5 points may look good, but it looks a bit trappy.

It makes sense when you look at the injury report for the Rockets, though. This is a different Cavaliers team that I’m willing to lay 9.5 points on in this matchup at home.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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