The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Cleveland Monday to take on the Cavaliers and Dave Price says that Portland will cover the spread. Oddmakers from online sportsbook Bodog opened the line at Cleveland –6, but the line has since dropped to Cleveland -5.
Price writes: The last couple weeks the Blazers have started to pick up their play and oddsmakers have not yet adjusted as giving them 6 points is just too many here. The Blazers have covered the spread in 6 of their last 7 games and are a perfect 2-0 SU and ATS on their current road trip. The Blazers are 15-3 ATS after covering 3 of their last 4 against the spread this season, 25-9 ATS in road games after playing 2 consecutive games as a road favorite since 1996, and 15-4 ATS after 2 or more consecutive wins this season. Without Ilgauskas, the Cavs lose their leading rebounder and main interior scorer. This gives the Blazers the edge ATS. Take the points.
Public betting information currently shows that of the 8,952 wagers placed on tonight’s game, 82% of bettors like the Cleveland -5.
Some trends to consider for tonight’s game:
-PORTLAND is 14-25 ATS (-13.5 Units) revenging a home loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
-CLEVELAND is 35-22 ATS (+10.8 Units) second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
-CLEVELAND is 23-10 ATS (+12.0 Units) in March games over the last 3 seasons.
-PORTLAND is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) after scoring 105 points or more this season.
-CLEVELAND is 3-2 against the spread versus PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
-CLEVELAND is 3-2 straight up against PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
-3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
-Portland: 15-4 ATS after 2 or more consecutive wins
-Cleveland: 10-19 ATS after a game where they covered
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