Rockets vs. Cavaliers prediction and odds for Sunday, March 26 (Cleveland set to roll)

Mar 12, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley (4) completes a slam dunk during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Westerholt-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 12, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley (4) completes a slam dunk during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Westerholt-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cavaliers have separated from the likes of the Knicks and Nets and seem on track to have home court advantage in the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs as the No. 4 seed.

Cleveland will look to build on its three game winning streak against the worst team in the Western Conference Houston Rockets. Can the Cavs keep the positive momentum rolling as double digit favorites at home?

Here are the odds and our best bet:

Rockets vs. Cavaliers odds, spread and total

Rockets vs. Cavaliers prediction and pick

While it seems like a big ask for an NBA team to win by two touchdowns, I think laying the points is warranted given how listless this Rockets team is.

Houston has lost 15 of 20 games since the All-Star break and have the worst defense in the league. The team can’t defend a lick and is fresh off of allowing a combined 241 points to the Grizzlies in a two game swing against Memphis.

Now they face a Cleveland team that is humming on both sides of the ball, the best defense in the league in terms of points allowed per 100 possessions and eighth on offense. The team has fine guard play with Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell, but Evan Mobley has played some of his best ball of the season, averaging a near double double in the month of March while shooting 58% from the field.

Houston won’t have an answer for the Cavs offense, and they will struggle to score against the league’s best defense. This is a lopsided matchup reflected in the point spread.

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