An exciting Eastern Conference showdown tips off at 1 p.m. ET Sunday when the Nets host the suddenly healthy Cavaliers. The Cavaliers opened as eight-point favorites and now are laying 6.5. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, has inched down from an opening of 228.5 to 228.
Before picking either side, you need to read what Vegas legend Kenny White, who has put together a sizzling 4-1 run picking games involving the Cavaliers, has to say.
On Monday, White made a strong pick involving Eastern Conference foes Chicago and New York. He confidently locked in the Knicks as five-point favorites, recognizing that the Bulls would be out-manned with no Zach LaVine, no Lauri Markkanen and no Kris Dunn. The result: New York won outright, 110-92, allowing White to cash with more than a dozen points to spare.
Part of his success: White learned the bookmaking business at his father's knee. He ran the powerful Las Vegas Sports Consultants, the group that supplied lines to the biggest casinos. The Vegas legend knows what's behind every point spread.
Now, he has examined every matchup, every player and every trend for Cavs-Nets and locked in a confident against-the-spread pick.
White knows Cleveland's best shot at covering the spread will be to get extended minutes for Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood, who all had been sidelined with injuries. LeBron James can't do it all on his own, and he'll need Kevin Love and Thompson to fill the bucket. Deep-shooting threat Kyle Korver will remain out of the lineup following his brother's death.
But New Jersey can cover the spread -- or win outright -- by setting high screens for shooting guard Allen Crabbe, who has knocked down 11 of his past 20 shots from beyond the arc. Crabbe has been inconsistent for most of the season, but has recently shown an impressive finesse from 3-point range. The Nets will need to score plenty to keep up with the Cavs, and Crabbe just might be their secret weapon.
We can tell you White is leaning under, but he knows there's a critical X-factor that determines which side of the spread to back.
So what side of Cavaliers-Nets do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick by White, who is on a 4-1 stretch picking games involving the Cavs, and find out.