TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION FRIDAY, APRIL 8TH
#522 BROOKLYN (-8) over Cleveland at 7:30 PM EST
With seventh place on the line in the Eastern Conference, Brooklyn will have no trouble pounding visiting Cleveland on Friday night. The Cavaliers enter this matchup on a dismal 2-7 SU and ATS run and, off back-to-back straight up losses to the 76ers and Magic, head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and his boys will tank in this spot once again. Let’s take a look inside the numbers.
Revenge motivation will have the Nets focused for this contest too. Back on January 17th, Brooklyn (+4) visited Cleveland and dropped a 114-107 decision to the Cavs. Even with that blemish, Brooklyn holds an outstanding 43-29 ATS mark in its last 72 meetings in this series including a profitable 16-7 ATS in its last 23 provided Kevin Durant and the boys are running with same season revenge. Overall, when competing with same season revenge, the Nets have been worth the financial risk notching a respectable 88-66-2 ATS record including an elite 64-45-1 ATS if they are lined up against a conference foe. With those two parameters live and Brooklyn holding a pointspread won/loss percentage less than .500, this team trend tightens up to an outstanding 32-15-1 ATS.
The road hasn’t exactly been kind to Cleveland lately either. As a guest, the Cavaliers have struggled inking a feeble 9-16 SU and 8-16 ATS record in their last 25 games. In addition, when priced as a road dog, the Cavs have been a poor investment posting a stiff 17-39 SU and 21-35 ATS tally in their last 56 contests including an ugly 7-26 SU and 11-22 ATS provided they check in off a straight up loss. With those two parameters live and Coach Bickerstaff’s boys competing against an opponent that owns a team won/loss percentage of .460 or better, this trend crashes to a pitiful 4-20 SU and 6-18 ATS including a horrible 2-18 SU and 3-17 ATS if they are off a pointspread blemish as well.
The Nets are playing better basketball right now and they’ll have no trouble grabbing this payback payday. Take Brooklyn. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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