Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (16-8) at Cleveland Cavaliers (16-7)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -3 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the Quicken Loans Arena tonight to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Thunder have been on fire lately and will be going for a season-high seventh straight win tonight after making light work of the Trailblazers in a 106-90 blowout last night. Kevin Durant led the offense with 24 points, while Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook chipped in with 13 points each, but this win was all about great defense which held the Blazers to just 34 percent shooting for the game. With the win all locked up midway through the third quarter, the Thunder were able to rest four of their starters for the entire fourth quarter which sets them up perfectly for tonight's blockbuster matchup.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have split their last six games but will be going for a fourth straight win after cruising past the Celtics in an 89-77 win at Boston on Tuesday. LeBron James led the way with a game-high 24 points, Kevin Love added 20 points while Mo Williams had 10 as the Cavaliers pulled away from the Celtics with a dominant 49-31 second half performance. Defensively, the Cavs did a great job to hold the streaky Celtics to just 32 percent shooting as they really kept a lid on Isaiah Thomas who shot just three of 15 from the field. With the win, Cleveland improves to 16-7 on the season and 6-6 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600, while the Cavs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings in Cleveland.
I've been looking forward to this game for a long time and while the Cavs have heated up over the past week, the Thunder have looked like the better team lately, especially coming off such a dominant victory last night. Take OKC with the points in what should be a great battle between two of the best players in the league.