NBA Preview, Odds & Picks for December 5: Cavs, Rockets Look to Extend Win Streaks in Sunday Home Games
Entering the NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to be an improved team, so it is not a complete surprise that they have been just that. But their leap appears to be bigger than expected by most. Oddsmakers are still in wait-and-see mode with the Cavs, who are still +270 to make the NBA playoffs (FanDuel Sportsbook). But if the wins keep coming, NBA betting odds are going to reflect a more favorable outlook.
Rookie Sensation Mobley Key to Cleveland’s Ascent in East
At 13-10 entering Sunday’s games, the Cavs are sixth in the Eastern Conference behind the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, and Miami Heat. Last season, they were one of the NBA’s worst teams defensively. But this season’s move up the NBA standings has been fueled by a major improvement in that area.
The Cavs made a number of additions in the offseason, but no addition has been bigger than big man Evan Mobley. Mobley may not be the NBA betting odds favorite for Rookie of the Year, but he has made a major immediate impact. Since he returned from a sprained right elbow, the Cavs have won four straight games. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff was near the bottom of the Coach of the Year odds prior to the season, but he deserves a ton of credit for how the Cavs and their mix of youth and experience has fared in the first month and a half of the season.
If there is one area of struggle for the Cavs, it is their home form. They enter today’s matchup with the Utah Jazz with only five wins in their 11 home games to date, while they are 8-4 on the road. No other team in the top ten of the standings in either the East or the West is under .500 at home. If they are to make a sustained push to return the postseason for the first time since LeBron’s second departure, that will definitely need to improve.
Can the Cavs continue their winning run against the visiting Utah Jazz this afternoon? Elsewhere, the Hawks and Rockets will also be out to keep their own good runs going.
Let’s take a look at today’s four-game schedule and the NBA betting odds and options that stick out for each matchup.
NBA Schedule for Sunday, December 5, 2021
Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers, Bally Sports Ohio, 3:30 p.m. ET
Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks, Bally Sports Southeast, 6;00 p.m. ET
Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors, Sportsnet, 6:00 p.m. ET
New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, 7:00 p.m. ET
NBA Betting Odds & Picks for Sunday, December 5, 2021
- Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers
- Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks
- Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors
- New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets
Betting News offers aggregated NBA betting picks for every NBA matchup every day. Below, we list the top pick(s) for each matchup. In cases where the moneyline is the top pick percentagewise but provides little to no betting value (as a single straight bet), we list the best option among the other options.
Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Odds & Picks
- Spread: Utah Jazz -4.5 (-110), Cleveland Cavaliers +4.5 (-110)
- Total: OVER 212.5 (-108), UNDER 212.5 (-112)
- Moneyline: Utah Jazz -190, Cleveland Cavaliers +162
The Jazz are lagging behind the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference thanks in part to a little blip in early November (shoutout to Ace Enders, IYKYK). But since that blip, the Jazz have won seven of nine. This is the first of a four-game road trip for Utah, and they visit Cleveland after scoring 127, 129, and 137 points in winning their last three games.
As mentioned above, the Cavs have won four in a row–all by double digits–since Mobley returned to action. They are back home after a 3-0 road trip against the Mavs, Wizards, and Heat.
Top Jazz vs Cavs Betting Pick: Cavs +4.5 (67 percent)
Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks NBA Betting Odds & Picks
- Spread: Charlotte Hornets +6.5 (-106), Atlanta Hawks -7.5 (-114)
- Total: OVER 220 (-110), UNDER 220 (-110)
- Moneyline: Charlotte Hornets +220, Atlanta Hawks -270
The Hornets have hit a little bump in the road, having lost their last three games. They are still scoring a high clip, but it hasn’t been enough. That could spell trouble against the Hawks, who were held to nine fourth-quarter points by the Sixers in a 98-96 loss on Friday.
The loss dropped Atlanta to 0-7 this season when they score under 100 points. If they do as they have most of the time following such performances, their team total over and the over for the game will likely both cash.
The Hawks won their previous meeting in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, with Clint Capela’s 20 points and 15 rebounds leading the way in a 115-105 win.
Top Hornets vs Hawks Betting Pick: OVER 220 (100 percent)
Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors NBA Betting Odds & Picks
- Spread: Washington Wizards +1 (-110), Toronto Raptors -1 (-110)
- Total: OVER 211 (-108), UNDER 211 (-112)
- Moneyline: Washington Wizards -102, Toronto Raptors -116
The Wizards’ last four games have all gone over, but will that streak continue tonight? This will be the third meeting between these two teams this season, and the first two both went under.
Since a 109-100 road win over the Wizards on November 3, the Raptors have had a mighty tumble. Their win on Thursday against the Giannis-less Bucks was only their fourth win in their last 14 games. Other than their five-game win streak at the end of October and start of November, the Raptors have been unable to string consecutive wins together, so it will be interesting to see if they can manage to do so in this spot.
Top Wizards vs Raptors Betting Pick: Raptors -1 (67 percent) & Raptors ML (67 percent)
New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets NBA Betting Odds & Picks
- Spread: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5 (-112), Houston Rockets +3 (-108)
- Total: OVER 220.5 (-110), UNDER 220.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: New Orleans Pelicans -142, Houston Rockets +120
Make no mistake, the Rockets are not a good team. But like yawning, winning can be contagious, and the Rockets are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Houston has won five in a row and is solid value to make it six in a row.
The Pelicans are on a little surge of their own. They have won four of their last six games, taking down the Wizards at home and the Jazz, Clippers, and Mavs all on the road. A week and a half ago, this game would not have generated a ton of interest. But with both teams in solid form and a light NBA schedule, it bears following.
Top Pelicans vs Rockets Betting Pick: Rockets +3 (83 percent)
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