Sixers-Cavaliers Betting Preview: (February 26, 2020)
On Wednesday night, the Sixers are on the road taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers. At 35-22 the Sixers find themselves in fifth place in the Eastern Conference just a half game behind former Sixer Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. The Cavs, on the other hand, are the worst team in the Eastern Conference at just 16-41, including an embarrassing 8-22 record at home. Even at a futile 9-20 on the road, the Sixers talent has to win out.
With that, let’s get into our Sixers-Cavaliers betting preview.
Sixers vs. Cavaliers Odds
Here’s the line for the Sixers and Cavaliers at DraftKings Sportsbook PA:
- Spread: Sixers -8, Cavaliers +8
- Moneyline: Sixers -335, Cavaliers +270
- Total: 217
Bets We Like With a Sixers Win
FiveThirtyEight gives the Sixers a 77% chance of winning with a -7.5 point line. Even though the Sixers have been woeful on the road, it seems inconceivable that the Cavs will be able to pull off the upset at home.
Sixers Win and Over 217.5 Total Points (+155, DraftKings)
The Sixers have won seven of their past eight games against Cleveland and have won all three matchups this season, including a 141-94 beatdown in December. In twelve of Cleveland’s past 15 home games, the Cavaliers have seen the total points go over the threshold.
Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
Cavaliers to Cover +8 and Over 217.5 Total Points (+290, DraftKings)
There are a few reasons this might be the best bet of the bunch. The Sixers haven’t won a road game by eight or more points since a December 23rd tilt in Detroit. Combine that with the Sixers’ failure to cover the spread in 13 of their past 14 road games and you have yourself a worthy bet.
Josh Richardson Over 24.5 Combined Points, Assists, Rebounds (+105, FOX Bet)
With All-Star point guard Ben Simmons out indefinitely, head coach Brett Brown is going to have to rely on off-season acquisition Josh Richardson to shoulder some of the scoring and playmaking load. Richardson’s last game, a 129-112 win over the Atlanta Hawks, was a good sign for this bet as he dropped 13 points and three assists while collecting six rebounds. Richardson’s 14.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game against Eastern Conference opponents are in line with his averages of 14.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game on Wednesdays. He’s poised for a breakout game.
Joel Embiid Over 1.5 Dunks and Over 1.5 Blocks (+300, FOX Bet)
This seems like a no-brainer, right? Maybe not. Embiid has just 38 dunks on the season, which pales in comparison to the 92 layups he’s converted. Of those 38 dunks, only 15 have come on the road this season. Why is this one worth looking at? Embiid’s up to eight dunks in the month of February, which is double the number he had in January. Couple that with Cleveland’s interior defense and the knowledge that Collin Sexton and Darius Garland have reckless streaks attacking the rim, leading to an increase in potential blocks. Take this bet if you believe in the big man on the block and want a fun upside bet to root for.
Sixers vs. Cavaliers Prediction
Pick: The likelihood of this being a closer game than expected is pretty high, especially when considering the Sixers haven’t beaten a team by more than 7.5 points on the road since December 23 against the Pistons. Take the Cavs to cover.