Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 3/4/14
San Antonio Spurs (43-16) at Cleveland Cavaliers (24-37)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs look to stay hot tonight when they pay a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Spurs have won six of their last seven and will be going for a fourth straight win tonight after clawing their way past the Mavericks by 112-106 on Sunday. Tim Duncan scored 17 points while Kawhi Leonard added 16, but the best player for the Spurs was Tony Parker who returned from a six-game absence to lead the team with 22 points and seven assists including clutch shots down the stretch to stave off the Mavericks' comeback attempts. With the win, San Antonio improved to 43-16 on the season which leaves them just 1 1/2 games off the pace for the top seed in the Western Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have lost four of their last six and will be kicking themselves after getting blown out by the Grizzlies by 110-96 despite leading by 11 points at the half. Tristan Thompson scored 18 points while Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 28, but the Cavs simply capitulated in the second half and got outscored by 56-31. They just didn't have enough scoring weapons to stay with the Grizzlies, but they do expect to have Dion Waiters back in the lineup for tonight.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and 2-6 ATS in their last eight when allowing their opponents 100 points or more in the previous game, while the Cavs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Spurs are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings and the Over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings.
The Cavs will welcome Waiters back into the lineup with open arms but I don't think it'll help too much against the red-hot Spurs. Parker just looked too damn good in his first game back and I'm expecting more of the same.