Cavaliers vs. Suns NBA expert final score, prediction and odds for Wednesday, April 3 (Lay the points in Phoenix)

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Apr 1, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against New Orleans Pelicans.
Apr 1, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against New Orleans Pelicans. / Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

Another matchup with playoff seeding implications goes down in the desert Wednesday night. Cleveland, coming off a 16-point road win over the Utah Jazz Tuesday, will visit the Phoenix Suns. The Cavaliers have battled the injury bug and hold a 1.5-game lead for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. 

Phoenix, which took care of business on the road against the Pelicans Monday, is currently in the play-in tournament as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Phoenix is just one game behind New Orleans for the No. 6 seed and the west’s final automatic playoff spot.

Can they close the gap?

They’ll need to start with another win Wednesday as a modest favorite.

Can they pull away from the visiting Cavs? Here’s the betting breakdown of the matchup with a best bet. 

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Cavaliers vs. Suns odds, spread and total

Cavaliers vs. Suns how to watch

  • Date: Wednesday, April 3 
  • Game time: 10 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Footprint Center
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Cavaliers record: 46-30
  • Suns record: 44-31

Cavaliers vs. Suns injury report

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Not yet submitted

Phoenix Suns

  • Grayson Allen (hip): questionable
  • Damion Lee (meniscus): out

Cavaliers vs. Suns key players to watch

Cleveland Cavaliers

Caris LeVert: The former first-round pick went through a shooting slump recently, going a combined 6-of-27 from the field over a three-game stretch. He started to turn it around in Sunday’s loss to Denver (15 points, 5-of-9 shooting), then exploded for 26 points, six rebounds and five assists in Tuesday’s road win over Utah. 

Phoenix Suns

Devin Booker: Facing one of the league’s toughest defenses (New Orleans) on the road Monday, Booker went off for 52 points on 19-of-28 shooting with eight 3-pointers. He wasn’t one-dimensional in one of his best performances of the season, either, finishing with nine assists in an efficient performance for the Suns’ offense. 

Cavaliers vs. Suns prediction and pick

It’s a short turnaround for Cleveland, which hasn’t been great to the team this season. The Cavaliers, 8-10 ATS as a road underdog, is finishing a back-to-back and is 5-7-1 ATS with no rest. Meanwhile, Phoenix had an off day since beating the Pelicans on the road and the Cavaliers are 8-12-1 ATS with a rest disadvantage.

A large factor in this game depends on Cleveland guard Donovan Mitchell. He missed the first meeting between these two teams (a six-point Suns victory) and sat out Tuesday’s win over Utah. Mitchell hasn’t been great since returning from a broken nose, going 7-of-25 from the field (3-of-13 from the perimeter) in two games. 

Phoenix has not been great at Footprint Center, though, going 14-22-1 ATS at home this season. However, Phoenix still has a star-studded lineup that can light it up from the perimeter. That’s the key in this matchup as Cleveland’s tough defense is No. 2 against 2-point shots but No. 15 against triples.

Phoenix is the fifth-best 3-point shooting team in the league and can continue its hot streak, covering six of its last nine games. Lay the points with Phoenix. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.