Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 11/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (6-4) at Cleveland Cavaliers (5-4)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Two of the best teams in the league collide tonight when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the San Antonio Spurs.
The San Antonio Spurs started the season winning just two of their first five games, but have since won four of their last five including a 100-75 rout of the lowly 76ers on Monday. In what was always going to be an easy win, coach Gregg Popovich made sure to get the early lead and then allow all his key players plenty of bench time and he was able to do that after the Spurs dominated the first quarter by 30-13. Five players finished in double digits in scoring but it was actually the scarcely used Matt Bonner who led the way in scoring with 18 points in just 20 minutes. It was just that type of game. With the win, San Antonio improved to 6-4 on the season and 3-1 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers were on a four-game win streak before the Nuggets rolled into town and spoiled the party. LeBron James scored 22 points while Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris scored 20 points each, but it still wasn't enough to beat the Nuggets who they had already defeated back on Nov. 7. The Cavs can explode for 120+ points on any given night, but on defense they just couldn't find a way to slow down the backcourt duo of Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo who drove the Nuggets with a combined 47 points. With the loss, Cleveland falls to a mediocre 5-4 overall and 2-2 at home.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, while the Cavs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Head to head, the Spurs are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland.
I was really hoping the bookies would give the Spurs a couple more points, but the bottom line is that I think they will win anyway, so I'm taking them with the points, just in case.