Through 3 Quarters
Down five at the end of last quarter, the Phoenix Suns have now snagged the lead. They currently hold an 87-86 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Phoenix has been riding high on the performance of shooting guard Devin Booker, who has 30 points along with four boards. One thing to keep an eye out for is Deandre Ayton’s foul situation as he currently sits at four.
Center Jarrett Allen has led the way so far for Cleveland, as he has posted a double-double on 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cavaliers haven’t lost 78% of the games in which they were down heading into the final period this year, so a win here would be refreshing.
Phoenix @ Cleveland
Current Records: Phoenix 14-3; Cleveland 9-9
What to Know
The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t won a contest against the Phoenix Suns since Feb. 21 of 2019, but they’ll be looking to end the drought Wednesday. The Cavaliers will be playing at home against Phoenix at 7 p.m. ET. Phoenix should still be riding high after a win, while Cleveland will be looking to right the ship.
It looks like Cleveland got the smaller half of the wishbone at Thanksgiving dinner. They were within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Monday as they fell 117-112 to the Brooklyn Nets. The top scorers for Cleveland were point guard Darius Garland (24 points) and small forward Lauri Markkanen (22 points).
As for the Suns, they have more to be thankful for after their game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. Phoenix came out on top in a nail-biter against San Antonio, sneaking past 115-111. Center Deandre Ayton and point guard Cameron Payne were among the main playmakers for Phoenix as the former dropped a double-double on 21 points and 14 boards and the latter had 20 points.
Cleveland is expected to lose this next one by 6.5. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 10-5 against the spread when expected to lose.
Cleveland is now 9-9 while the Suns sit at 14-3. A couple numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: The Cavaliers come into the matchup boasting the third fewest points allowed per game in the league at 102.6. But Phoenix enters the matchup with 111.8 points per game on average, good for fourth best in the league. These opposing strengths should make for an exciting matchup.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — Cleveland, Ohio
- TV: Bally Sports – Arizona
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $28.67
The Suns are a solid 6.5-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 6.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
Cleveland have won seven out of their last 11 games against Phoenix.
- Oct 30, 2021 – Phoenix 101 vs. Cleveland 92
- May 04, 2021 – Phoenix 134 vs. Cleveland 118
- Feb 08, 2021 – Phoenix 119 vs. Cleveland 113
- Apr 01, 2019 – Phoenix 122 vs. Cleveland 113
- Feb 21, 2019 – Cleveland 111 vs. Phoenix 98
- Mar 23, 2018 – Cleveland 120 vs. Phoenix 95
- Mar 13, 2018 – Cleveland 129 vs. Phoenix 107
- Jan 19, 2017 – Cleveland 118 vs. Phoenix 103
- Jan 08, 2017 – Cleveland 120 vs. Phoenix 116
- Jan 27, 2016 – Cleveland 115 vs. Phoenix 93
- Dec 28, 2015 – Cleveland 101 vs. Phoenix 97
Injury Report for Cleveland
- Cedi Osman: Game-Time Decision (Back)
- Lamar Stevens: Out (Ankle)
- Evan Mobley: Out (Elbow)
- Collin Sexton: Out for the Season (Knee)
Injury Report for Phoenix
- Abdel Nader: Out (Knee)
- Frank Kaminsky: Out (Knee)
- Dario Saric: Out (Knee)