Thunder at Cavaliers - 12/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (16-8) at Cleveland Cavaliers (16-7)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -3 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Thursday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look to build on their impressive six-game winning streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 107.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 100.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.5 points and 7.9 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 26.1 points and 9.6 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing two assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.5 turnovers per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last eight road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to keep rolling after winning six of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 101.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 95.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.3 points and 6.3 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.9 points and 10.9 rebounds. Mo Williams is dishing 4.1 assists and J.R. Smith is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cavs are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.2 turnovers per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 11 home games. Iman Shumpert and Kyrie irving are doubtful.
The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Thunder are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Cleveland and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
While the Thunder and the points are interesting, the Cavs are a completely different team at home and are catching the Thunder on the end of a back-to-back. I'll take Cleveland and the small chalk.