While we all get caught up in team stats and trends at this stage of the NBA season, it’s worth taking a moment to think about which individual players might help carry their team to the finish line and beyond. If the season were to end today, you would have a hard time betting against James Harden of the Houston Rockets as the league MVP. With the #3 seed in the West all but locked up, it would not be a surprise to see Houston sit him down for a few games in a final couple of weeks. That may open the door for someone else to impress the voters and snatch away the prize. LeBron James will get votes, as he has helped keep his Cleveland Cavaliers afloat during the times when it looked as though they were going to implode and sink. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans is arguably the best two-way player in the NBA right now, and he too will get votes. These two players will take to the court on Friday night, as the Cavaliers and Pelicans go head to head in what should be a highly entertaining game. So, let’s review all game information, NBA Betting Odds, and Predictions.


Game Information

What: New Orleans Pelicans (43-32 Vs Cleveland Cavaliers (45-30)
When: Friday, March 30, 2018, at 8:00 P.M. ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
TV: ESPN
The Line: TBA


Why bet on the New Orleans Pelicans

This has been a turnaround type of year for the New Orleans Pelicans, as it finally looks as though they have turned the corner from perennial basement dweller to playoff team, although there is still some work to do before they clinch that postseason spot. The Pelicans went on a great run recently that hauled them up in the Western Conference, and while they have cooled off to go just 5-5 in their last 10 games, they are still sitting at the #5 seed. Surprisingly enough, the Pelicans have struggled against teams from their own conference, going a game below .500, but that also means that they have been very good against Eastern Conference foes, going a staggering 21-8 against that group. They did beat the Cavaliers earlier this season but have failed to win in Cleveland in each of their last 3 visits.

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Cleveland Cavaliers- NBA Betting Odds


Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers

It seems that the regular season takes on a rather similar look for the Cleveland Cavaliers. There always seem to be some sort of locker room drama swirling around this team, no matter who plays there at any given time, only for it all to be forgotten once the postseason arrives. We are looking at more of the same this year, and it appears as though the Cavs may not be entering playoff mode, as they have now won 7 of their last 10 games, including 5 in a row. Where Cleveland has rarely had an issue in when playing in their own building, and they are once again a solid SU bet at home, going 25-11 to this point in the season. They have split the season series with the Pelicans for 3-straight years, and if that trend holds true, then they should be the winners of this one.

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Cleveland Cavaliers- NBA Betting Odds 2


Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This game should serve as a good measuring stick for the Pelicans as they approach the playoffs. I like them to put up a good fight, but ultimately think they will come up a little short.

Predicted Score: New Orleans Pelicans 110 Cleveland Cavaliers 112.


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