Nets pick vs. Cavaliers: NBA Play-in tournament live stream, time, watch playoffs online, date, odds
The Brooklyn Nets entered this season as favorites for the title, but a damaging injury to Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving being a part-time player until the last month of the season and unexpected trade demand from James Harden led them at the No. 7 seed. It’s certainly not where the Nets — or anyone else — expected them to be.
Then there’s Cleveland, a team that finished with the fourth-worst record a year ago. But the Cavs have been one of the cherished teams this season due to high play from Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen, to accompany a breakout rookie performance from Evan Mobley.
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Once on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of expected success, these two teams will now meet on Tuesday, with the winner facing the No. 2 seeded Boston Celtics in the first round, while the loser gets one more chance. make the playoffs on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know before the Nets and Cavaliers face off on Tuesday.
(7) Brooklyn Nets vs. (8) Cleveland Cavaliers
- When: Tuesday April 12 | 7 p.m. ET
- Or: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, New York
- TV: DTT | Direct: DTT
- Odds: BKN-420; KEY +320; O/U 228.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Featured Game | Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Nets: Let’s cut to the chase: Brooklyn goes as far as Durant and Irving take them. When Irving and Durant click, the Nets are an incredibly tough team to stop. We’ve seen both players explode for over 50 points this season on several occasions, and while I won’t go so far as to predict that will happen in this game, I wouldn’t be surprised if either of them succeeded. threshold. Given how limited the Nets are on offense outside of their two stars, much of Brooklyn’s production will fall on the shoulders of Irving and Durant.
Riders: Cleveland will be without Jarrett Allen for this game, which was to be expected considering he hasn’t played since early March with a fractured finger. This makes them a bit more vulnerable in the frontcourt, and against Irving who can get to the rim at will, it’s not ideal. But I don’t think defense will be too much of a concern for the Cavs. What must be the goal is to make sure Garland and Caris LeVert can produce on offense to try and keep pace with Durant and Irving. Brooklyn ranks 20th in defense, so scoring shouldn’t be a problem, Cleveland just needs to make sure they take advantage.
Being without Allen is a real detriment to Cleveland, and it will give Durant and Irving the green light to attack the core of the Cavs defense. We’ll see how impressive Mobley is on defense in this game, and it’ll be interesting to see how the rookie adapts. Ultimately, however, I expect Durant and Irving to be more than enough to take care of a young Cavaliers team. Choose: Nets -8.5