Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors - 2/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (43-10) at Cleveland Cavaliers (35-22)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State invade the Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
The Golden State Warriors had their four-game win streak snapped by the Pacers on Sunday, but they were able to bounce right back with a 114-107 win over the Wizards on Tuesday night. Stephen Curry returned to the court after missing Sunday's game and had himself 32 points and eight assists, Klay Thompsons added 17 points and Mareese Speights added 16 at the Warriors snuck past the Wizards in a shootout. Defensively, the Warriors allowed the Wizards to shoot a healthy 53.2 percent from the field, but they were able to force 26 turnovers which was really the difference in the end as John Wall finished with a season-high eight turnovers while Curry didn't commit a single one. With the win, Golden State improved to 44-10 on the season and 20-8 on the road leaving them 3.5 games clear of Memphis for the top spot in the Western Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won 16 of their last 18 games and are coming into this one fresh off a 102-93 win over the Pistons. LeBron James had a huge game of 19 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists while Kyrie Irving added 18 points, but the real boost for the Cavs was the play of Kevin Love who made eight threes on en route to 24 points. Defensively, the Cavs played poorly in the first half and found themselves playing from behind, but they completely turned it around in a dominant 49-31 second half that put the Pistons away. With the win, Cleveland improved to 36-22 on the season which leaves them currently in fourth place in the Eastern standings, just half a game behind Chicago.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against teams with winning records but just 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while the Cavs are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Warriors are 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland.
The early money has been on the Cavs in this one and I have to say that I actually agree with the betting public. This is sure to be an absolute blockbuster of a game, but I'm definitely leaning towards the Cavs at home in this one because they've been red-hot lately and should be up for what should be a high scoring game.