Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers is one of the matchups of 10 NBA games scheduled for Monday. This will be the second meeting between the two teams, with Cleveland winning the first one. They defeated the Sixers on November 21, 2023. Darius Garland led them with 32 points, five rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the absence of Donovan Mitchell. Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey combined to score 62 points, but it was not enough. The upcoming contest will be the 225th regular season meeting between the teams. The 76ers lead the all-time matchup slightly, 116-108 and have won seven of the last 10 games against the Cavaliers.
The Philadelphia 76ers are struggling without Joel Embiid, who has been out for the last two weeks. The Sixers have only two wins in their last 10 games and barely beat the lackluster Washington Wizards 119-113 on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are moving in the opposite direction, with nine wins in their last 10 games. They are starting to become real contenders in the Eastern Conference, having defeated the Toronto Raptors 119-95 in their previous contest.
The Philadelphia 76ers have five players on the injury list, including regular starters Joel Embiid, De’Anthony Melton and Nicolas Batum. They are expected to start with Tyrese Maxey, Buddy Hield, Kelly Oubre Jr., Tobias Harris and Paul Reed. The Cleveland Cavaliers, on the other hand, are dealing with just one injury and one suspension. They are expected to start with Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen.
Betting tips & Prediction
Donovan Mitchell has an over/under of 26.5 points against the Philadelphia 76ers, which is below his season average of 28.2 points. Mitchell is favored to go down despite scoring at least 27 points four times in his last five games. It’s better to bet on Mitchell to go over 26.5 points. Tyrese Maxey is averaging 25.7 points this season, which is an over/under of his 26.5 points against the Cavaliers. He is predicted to score under, but it will be better to bet on him to score at least 27 points.
The Philadelphia 76ers are the underdogs heading into Monday’s contest against the Cavaliers. The Sixers have been struggling since Joel Embiid succumbed to a knee injury, while the Cavaliers have been playing great games for the past two months. The Cavaliers are predicted to take the win, while the Sixers will cover the spread and the total will go over.