Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 3/20/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (49-18) at Cleveland Cavaliers (26-42)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without Kyrie Irving tonight when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder have won three of their last four and will be delighted with their latest win, a hard-fought 97-85 victory at Chicago. Kevin Durant led the way with 35 points,12 rebounds and five assits while Serge Ibaka added 15 points. Russell Westbrook played just 28 minutes but still managed to stuff the stat sheet with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists but with coach Brooks looking to ease him back into the rotation, Westbrook will miss either tonight's game or tomorrow night's game so you check the lineup before tip-off to see if he's available. With the win, OKC improved to 49-18 overall which leaves them just two games behind San Antonio in the Western Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Cavalaiers have lost six of their last eight games but will be happy that they put up a fight against LeBron James and the Heat in their last outing. On Tuesday, Jarrett Jack stepped into the starting lineup to fill in for the injured Kyrie Irving and led the way with 22 points, while Dion Waiters added 17 points and 11 assists, but it was a real team effort as the Cavs shot over 51 percent from the field while holding the Heat to just 45. The only problem was that LeBron decided to step up big and pour in 43 points, including 25 in the first quarter for the Heat which had the Cavs playing catchup until the fourth quarter. Still, at the end of the day, the Cavs' fans will be delighted with how their team took it to the defending champs without Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng and CJ Miles.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games against a team with a losing home record, while the Cavs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss.
Head to head,the Thunder are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Cleveland and the Under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Cleveland.
There is no line for this game yet so please check back later for my free pick.