Cavaliers vs. Thunder Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: Oklahoma City. According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Thunder are a 1-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 222 points. The spread remains where it opened, while the over-under has dropped from 223.5.
Who the Public Likes: Cleveland. As of Tuesday afternoon, 68 percent of public bets have come in on the visiting Cavaliers. Online wager info also states that 62 percent of bets have sided with the over.
Who We Like: Oklahoma City won the first meeting this season as it smacked host Cleveland by a count of 148-124 on Jan. 20 before the Cavs retooled at the trade deadline. Cleveland is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, while the over-under has gone 5-5. The Cavaliers enter on a three-game winning streak and are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games. The over has gone 6-3-1. Oklahoma City has won two of its last three games and are 5-5 ATS in its last 10. The over-under has also gone 5-5.
Even though the Cavs looked great in their first game since making three deadline trades, I can't pull my full stock in them just yet. Sure, the 121-99 win at Boston was super impressive. And there is no doubt the Cleveland roster is better equipped to surround LeBron James. But there are still chemistry issues to address and I don't think one 48-minute game is enough of a sample size. As long as Russell Westbrook comes back tonight, I like the Thunder here considering how they've played of late including a dominant win at Golden State.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -1