Phoenix has continued its season-long dominance, entering this matchup riding a four-game winning streak. Cleveland, on the other hand, has been dreadful of late by going 1-9 in its last 10 games. As the Suns looks to surpass the Utah Jazz for the top seed in the Western Conference, will they be able to take care of their business in Cleveland?
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the Suns-Cavaliers odds.
NBA Odds: Suns-Cavaliers Odds
Phoenix Suns -12.5 (-111)
Cleveland Cavaliers +12.5 (-109)
Over 219 Points (-113)
Under 219 Points (-107)
Why The Suns Could Cover The Spread
TheSuns are in a battle with the Jazz for the top seed in the Western Conference standings. They lost hold of the top spot after Utah’s win over the Spurs on Monday. The Suns sit just half a game back of the Jazz right now and have a chance to regain that top spot with a win against the Cavs. Phoenix is one of the most improved teams in 2021 and will certainly be primed to make a run come postseason time.
The emergence of this team has a direct correlation with the offseason acquisition of veteran guard Chris Paul. Paul and Devin Booker are electrifying night in and night out and arguably man the best backcourt in the NBA. The depth on this team is impressive as well, with lethal outside shooters and elite defensive options rounding out the roster. The Suns’ ability to push the pace and shoot at such a high clip this season has made them virtually unbeatable against teams like Cleveland. Phoenix is 16-4 in its last 20 games and won’t let up with an opportunity to regain that No. 1 seed in the West.
Why The Cavaliers Could Cover The Spread
The sorry Cavaliers have been dreadful to watch lately as they’ve clearly thrown in the towel. A large chunk of the roster is out, leaving Collin Sexton on his own to make things happen for the Cavs. Sexton will have to have a career night against the Suns if they hope to keep this game within 20 points. The lackluster offensive production from Cleveland will be up against a major test against the Suns’ fifth-ranked defense in the league.
It’s hard to focus on anything other than the play of Sexton here. Sexton has been impressive for Cleveland in many ways this season. His 116.7 points per 100 shots ranks within the 78th percentile among guards. Sexton is averaging a career-high 24.4 points per game on 37.8% shooting from deep. He hasn’t been much of a distributor for his team, but it’s understandable. Meanwhile, Kevin Love looks like he’d rather be playing in the G League. Assuming this game isn’t all that close, Cleveland could look to backdoor cover after Phoenix pulls its starters early.
Final Suns-Cavaliers Prediction & Pick
The Suns have no option but to absolutely demolish the Cavaliers in this lopsided affair. Phoenix plays smothering defense, which will be the difference against a depleted and underwhelming Cavaliers bunch. The pace of play will benefit the Suns in a big way, and their efficient shooting will break this game open early. I feel for Cleveland, because I’ll be surprised if they keep this game within 20 points when it is all said and done.
FINAL PICK: Phoenix Suns -12.5 (-111)