Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 2/26/14
Cleveland Cavaliers (22-35) at Oklahoma City Thunder (43-14)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -14.5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to snap a three-game skid tonight when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Cavaliers have fallen from a season-high six straight wins with three straight losses after falling to the Raptors by 99-93 last night. With CJ Miles, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao all out with injuries, Kyrie Irving had to play extra minutes and was able to score 25 points in 45 minutes, but he just didn't get enough help from his teammates. Spencer Hawes stepped into the starting lineup and added 15 points while Matthew Dellavedova added 10 off the bench, but the Cavs really needed more than eight points from Luol Deng who shot three of 14 from the field. Despite the lack of scorers, the Cavs still found themselves with a chance to win at the end, but they allowed 31 points in the fourth quarter thanks to some hot shooting from the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder haven't exactly been setting the world on fire either as they continue to adjust to life with Russell Westbrook back on the court. Kevin Durant poured in 42 points and 10 assists while Serge Ibaka added 20 points, but Westbrook continued to show signs of rust, scoring just 13 points while missing 10 of 13 shot attempts. On the defensive end, we all know the Thunder like to force turnovers and run fast breaks, but there's no excuse for letting the Clippers pour on 125 points in game, including 44 points in the second quarter. On the bright side, the loss doesn't really hurt the Thunder as they are still the top team in the Western Conference with a 43-14 overall record.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall, while the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings overall and the Cavs are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings in Oklahoma City.
It's obvious that the Thunder are going through some growing pains as they continue to work Westbrook back into shape, but there's really no reason why they shouldn't blow the shorthanded Cavs out of the water tonight. I know it's a lot of points to cover, but it's either OKC or nothing.