Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Odds, Analysis, NBA Betting Pick
The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22) will look to earn their fourth straight win and third following last Thursday’s trade deadline on Tuesday when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (32-25) as road underdogs. The Cavaliers welcomed four new players to their roster via trades late last week and routed the Boston Celtics 121-99 on Sunday as five-point road underdogs.
Point spread: The Thunder opened as two-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
Why the Cavaliers can cover the spread
Cleveland has new life now after unloading some veterans who did not fit in while adding hungry, young players in their place. At Boston, George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson combined for 49 points, with three of them coming off the bench to bolster the reserves.
LeBron James seemed happy with their play, and he also finished two rebounds short of a triple-double with 24 points, 10 assists and eight boards. The Cavaliers have covered three in a row during their winning streak.
Why the Thunder can cover the spread
Like Cleveland, Oklahoma City has been playing better recently, winning two of three both straight up and against the spread, according to the OddsShark NBA Database. And the two wins during that stretch were decided by an average of 19 points, capped by a 110-92 rout of the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday as 4.5-point home favorites.
Unfortunately for the Thunder, both Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony are listed as questionable due to ankle injuries, making this a tough game to handicap without knowing their status at tip-off. If they play, Oklahoma City can definitely win and cover.
Smart betting pick
A little more than three weeks ago, the Thunder blew out the Cavaliers 148-124 at Quicken Loans Arena as 2.5-point road underdogs, which may have been the beginning of the end for former Cleveland players such as Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. Thomas, Wade and Rose combined for 47 points, but they lacked chemistry with their teammates.
Meanwhile, Paul George, Westbrook and Anthony totaled 88 points between them for Oklahoma City in the midst of an eight-game winning streak. Again, if Westbrook and Anthony play, the Thunder are the pick.
NBA betting trends
Cleveland is 6-18 ATS in its last 24 games.
Cleveland is 2-12 ATS in its last 14 games on the road.
The total has gone under in four of Oklahoma City’s last five games.
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February 13, 2018 at 07:33AM