Rockets vs Cavaliers: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – February 24, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on February 24, 2021 - Last Updated on February 27, 2021

The Houston Rockets (11-18) are only 3-point favorites as they look to end a five-game road losing streak when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers (11-21) on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The contest airs at 7:30 PM ET on FS-OH. The over/under in the matchup is set at 217.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of February 24, 2021, 7:07 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Rockets vs Cavaliers Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of February 24

Rockets:
Dante Exum: Out (Calf),
Christian Wood: Out (Ankle),
Victor Oladipo: Day To Day (Foot),
P.J. Tucker: Day To Day (Quad)

Cavaliers:
Larry Nance Jr.: Out (Finger),
Taurean Prince: Out (Ankle),
Andre Drummond: Out (Not with team),
Kevin Love: Out (Calf),
Matthew Dellavedova: Out (Appendicitis)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Cavaliers (+3)
Total Pick Over (217)
Prediction Rockets 111, Cavaliers 108

The model favors the Rockets by 2.2 points, just 0.8 fewer than the 3-point spread set by DraftKings.

In this game, the model projects a total (218.9 points) slightly higher than the DraftKings over/under (217 points).

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Rockets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Christian Wood 17 22.0 10.2 1.3 0.9 1.5 1.9
John Wall 20 20.2 3.7 6.3 1.0 0.7 2.0
Victor Oladipo 9 20.0 5.7 4.2 1.8 0.2 2.8
Eric Gordon 23 18.5 2.3 2.8 0.5 0.5 2.7
Victor Oladipo 11 18.4 4.8 4.9 1.1 0.5 2.1

Rockets Player Props

  • Christian Wood’s PRA prop total for the game is set at 32.5, 1.0 lower than his season average of 33.5.
  • John Wall’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 32.5, 2.4 higher than his season average of 30.1.
  • Victor Oladipo’s three pointers made prop total for the game is set at 2.5, 0.3 shots less than his season average of 2.8.
  • Wood’s blocks prop total for the game is set at 1.5, equal to his season average of 1.5.

Cavaliers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Collin Sexton 27 23.1 2.5 4.2 1.0 0.1 1.6
Andre Drummond 25 17.5 13.5 2.6 1.6 1.2 0.0
Darius Garland 24 16.0 2.2 5.5 1.2 0.1 1.7
Jarrett Allen 31 13.0 9.5 1.7 0.5 1.7 0.1
Cedi Osman 32 11.3 3.5 2.8 0.9 0.1 2.1

Cavaliers Player Props

  • Collin Sexton’s points prop over/under for the contest is set at 23.5, 0.4 points higher than his season average of 23.1.
  • Andre Drummond’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 34.5, 0.9 greater than his season average of 33.6.
  • Cedi Osman’s three pointers made prop total for the contest is set at 2.5, 0.4 shots greater than his season average of 2.1.
  • Larry Nance Jr.’s steals prop over/under for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.4 steals lower than his season average of 1.9.

Shooting Trends

  • This season, the Rockets have a 44.5% shooting percentage from the field, which is 3.9% lower than the 48.4% of shots the Cavaliers’ opponents have hit.
  • In games Houston shoots higher than 48.4% from the field, it is 5-2 against the spread and 5-2 overall.
  • Cleveland is 4-4 against the spread and 5-3 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 44.5% from the field.
  • The Cavaliers have shot at a 45.1% clip from the field this season, 0.7 percentage points fewer than the 45.8% shooting opponents of the Rockets have averaged.
  • This season, Cleveland has an 8-5 record against the spread and a 7-6 record overall in games the team collectively shoots over 45.8% from the field.
  • Houston is 8-5 against the spread and 9-4 overall in games it allows opponents to shoot greater than 45.1% from the field.
  • The Rockets shoot 34% from deep, 6.6% lower than the 40.6% the Cavaliers allow to opponents.
  • Houston is 5-2 against the spread and 5-2 overall when it shoots better than 40.6% from distance.
  • Cleveland is 3-4 against the spread and 3-4 overall when its opponents shoot higher than 34% from deep.
  • The Cavaliers’ three-point shooting percentage this season (34.1%) is 2.4 percentage points lower than opponents of the Rockets are averaging (36.5%).
  • Cleveland has an 8-4 ATS record and is 7-5 straight-up when the team hits more than 36.5% of its three-point attempts.
  • Houston has a 6-4-1 ATS record and a 7-4 straight-up record this season when it connects on more than 34.1% of its three-point shots.
  • The Rockets connect on 13.8 three-pointers per game this season, 4.6 more made shots on average than the 9.2 per game the Cavaliers allow.
  • When Houston makes more three-pointers than its opponents, it is 9-7-1 against the spread and 9-8 overall. When Cleveland is out-shot from beyond the arc by its opponents, it is 6-19 ATS and 6-19 straight up.
  • The Cavaliers rank last in the NBA in made three-pointers, while the Rockets allow the ninth-fewest made threes in the league.

Rockets vs Cavaliers Stat Rankings

Rockets Rank Rockets AVG Cavaliers AVG Cavaliers Rank
23rd 109 Points Scored 104 29th
11th 111.6 Points Allowed 113.3 22nd
20th 43.7 Rebounds 43.1 14th
23rd 8.8 Off. Rebounds 11.5 2nd
9th 13.8 3pt Made 9.2 30th
25th 23 Assists 23.4 22nd
24th 14.4 Turnovers 14.7 26th

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