Cavaliers vs. Thunder - 1/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (22-21) at Cleveland Cavaliers (24-20)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers play Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last seven games and end a five-game road trip. On the season, OKC is averaging 100 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 98.7 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 25.3 points and 6.8 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25 points and 7.6 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Reggie Jackson is shooting 42.5 percent from the field. The Oklahoma City Thunder have become more explosive offensively during this stretch, as they’re shooting 46.9 percent from the field during their last five games. The Thunder have won 13 of their last 17 games when scoring 100-plus points. The Thunder have lost five of their last eight road games SU.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have seemed to find their groove as they’ve won five straight games. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 101.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26 points and 7.4 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 20.9 points and 5.2 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.3 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 43.2 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 50.2 percent from the field during this winning streak, but it’s their defense that’s made the biggest difference. The Cavs are allowing 43.6 percent shooting in their last five games and have won 16 of their last 18 games SU when allowing less than 100 points. The Cavs have won 14 of their 24 games on their home court.
The Thunder are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Central and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Cleveland and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Are we really buying that the Cavs have turned the corner? For me, it's a little too early. I like the value of the Thunder ML here, as OKC needs the win a lot more and is a lot less up-and-down than Cleveland.