Thunder vs. Cavaliers Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: Cleveland. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Cavaliers are listed as a 3.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 220 points. The spread has remained at -3.5 since it opened, while the over-under has gone up slightly from 219.
Who the Public Likes: Oklahoma City. As of Saturday morning, 53 percent of public bets have come in on the Thunder.
Injury Report: Oklahoma City has no one on its injury report. For the Cavaliers, Iman Shumpert is out until late January as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery.
Who the Trends Like: The Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last five meetings in Cleveland and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall. The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Cleveland.
Who We Like: Nice to see a high-profile NBA game after the midway point of the season with a combined one player on the injury report. This should be a fun game for a variety of reasons. I have to side with the Thunder here because with Andre Roberson back in the lineup, they should be strong enough defensively to get some key stops. It's difficult to say the same for the Cavs, who have been porous defensively all season. Following a four-game losing streak, Cleveland managed to end it by barely squeaking out a 104-103 victory over the lowly Magic at home. Oklahoma City has won three in a row, all by at least seven points, and appears primed to take down the Cavaliers. Also, who is going to slow down Russell Westbrook in this matchup? The answer is nobody.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER +3.5