Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22) at Oklahoma City Thunder (32-25)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 13, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -1 -- Over/Under: 217.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won six of their past nine games and they will be hoping to extend on their current three-game win streak after blowing past the Celtics in a 121-99 road win on Sunday. LeBron James led the team with 24 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, Jordan Clarkson added 17 points, while JR Smith and Rodney Hood contributed with 15 points each. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 53 percent from the field and 16 of 30 from the three-point line as they dominated the second and third quarters by a combined 64-42 to make it look easy in the end. It was a real big test for the Cavaliers who literally look like a different team since the trade deadline and with the win, Cleveland improved to 33-22 overall and 13-15 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been struggling a bit lately as they’ve lost five of their last seven games but they looked great in Sunday’s 110-92 home win over the struggling Grizzlies. Paul George led the team with 33 points and eight assists while shooting 10 of 24 from the field, Alex Abrines added 16 points in a rare start while Patrick Patterson and Jerami Grant each scored 14 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 44 percent from the field and 16 of 37 from the three-point line as they made it look easy after dominating the first half by 75-54. Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony were both sidelined with injuries and their status for Tuesday remain unclear. With the win, Oklahoma City improved to 32-25 overall and 20-9 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record. Meanwhile, the Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings, the Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Both Anthony and Westbrook went through non-contact portions of Monday’s practice but neither have yet to be confirmed for Tuesday’s big game. It’s hard to know what to make of the Cavaliers’ new roster changes but the early signs are positive as they looked great against the Celtics in their last outing. I’d go with the Thunder at home if they had their full roster available, but if Westbrook and Anthony are both out, I’d side with the Cavaliers to get the win on the road.