Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Monday December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm EST.
The (11-7) Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Conference Central division will make the trip from Northeast Ohio to the Big Apple to take on the (8-10) Brooklyn Nets of the Eastern Conference Atlantic division in 2014 NBA action. The team will play at the brand new Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, New York. This Sports Handicapper is still all in with the 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers, they are still transforming as a unit but will be in the thick of things come playoff time. The Brooklyn Nets are still getting used to a new system implemented by new head coach Lionel Hollins. The betting line has Cleveland as a five-point road favorite Against The Spread, and the total is posted at 200′ points for Monday Night’s game.
The 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers look like they are hitting stride winning six in a row after Saturday night’s 105-91 road win at red hot Toronto. The Cavaliers have stepped their defense holding five of their last six opponents under 100 points. The over is 8-2 the last ten times the teams have met and the under is 5-1-1 the Cavaliers last seven on the road. Cleveland is finishing up a three-game road trip and they are 1-2 Against The Point Spread, staying under the Free Winning NBA Expert ATS Predictions in all three. The key to a Cleveland win and for success the rest of the season is to focus on defense, they have players that can create their own shots but defense is going to take them to the next level.
The 2014-15 Brooklyn Nets lost at home 95-78 to the Atlanta Hawks in a very low scoring affair. Guard Joe Johnson is questionable with an undisclosed illness and Center Brook Lopez has a lower back injury, he is a game-time decision. Brooklyn has been held under 100-points in their last seven. The Nets are 1-4 Against The Point Spread their last five at home, and four of the five have stayed under the betting odds total. The over is 6-1 the last seven between the teams played in Brooklyn. The key to a Brooklyn win is for them to concentrate on defense, like Monday’s opponent this team should focus on their coach’s philosophy of stopping the other team from scoring.
Free Pick: Cleveland-5.