Thunder vs. Cavaliers - 12/11/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (13-7) at Oklahoma City Thunder (8-13)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -2.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder square off Thursday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to look like a championship team with eight starting wins. On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 103.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 98.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 24.8 points and 7.7 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 20.8 points and 5.1 assists. Kevin Love is shooting 44.6 percent from the field and Anderson Varejao is grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to hit on all cylinders, shooting 49 percent from the field in their last five games and winning 11 straight games when topping 100 points. The Cavs have also held three of their last four opponents to 91 or less points. Mike Miller is questionable for this game with a concussion.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last six games and are as healthy as they’ve been all season. On the year, the Thunder are averaging 93.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting and are allowing 94.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook leads OKC with 24.3 points and 6.6 assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 22 points and 5.5 rebounds. Reggie Jackson is shooting 42.2 percent from the field and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.5 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 104.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting in their last five games, as they’re 6-2 SU when scoring at least 100 points. However, the Thunder’s defense has also improved since the return of Durant, as OKC is holding teams to 24.1 percent shooting from deep in their last five games.
The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Oklahoma City and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
This is the game where the Oklahoma City Thunder can prove to the rest of the NBA that they're back now that they're healthy. With the crowd going nuts and the chemistry the Thunder have, I'm taking OKC at home. The Cavs are starting to come together but I don't trust them 100 percent just yet.