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Will the Cavs' Struggling Defense Get Exposed by the Spurs?

For the first time since the beginning of the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in danger of losing the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Tied with Boston for the No. 1 seed in the East, things won’t get any easier for the wine and gold on Monday when they travel to San Antonio to take on the heavyweight Spurs. Sportsbooks opened the Spurs as 4-point home chalk with a total of 212.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavaliers are 1-6 SU in their last seven games on the road against the Spurs.
  • The Spurs are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Spurs' last seven games as favorite.

The Cavs’ defense has sprung a leak of late, as they’ve given up an average of 117.2 points while losing three of their last five. LeBron James suited up in Saturday’s 127-115 setback to the Washington Wizards despite suffering from a scratched cornea, and head coach Tyronn Lue has stated he doesn’t expect King James to miss any time.

San Antonio erased an early 20-point deficit to the lowly New York Knicks in a 106-98 triumph thanks to Kawhi Leonard’s 29 points. Leonard has scored in double figures in 99 straight games and he can become the third Spur to reach 100 tonight, joining George Gervin (406) and David Robinson (157). The 25-year-old had a career-high 41 in the Spurs’ overtime win over the Cavs earlier in the season.

The OVER is red-hot in this series over the years, evidenced by 10 of the last 14 between the Cavs and Spurs going OVER the total.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

San Antonio Spurs opened as -4.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 212.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 108-98 win for the Spurs on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs San Antonio Spurs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The San Antonio Spurs sport a record of 56-16 and 37-34-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cleveland Cavaliers sit at 47-25 and 32-38-2 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 40-32 for the San Antonio Spurs and 41-29-2 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Antonio vs Cleveland injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 3 (San Antonio Spurs) and the No. 21 (Cavaliers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers rank No. 17 in the league with 43.47 per game. That compares with San Antonio's No. 14 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where San Antonio is the NBA's No. 16-ranked team at 9.18 per game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers rate No. 2 with 13.07 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

LeBron James poured in 24 points and chipped in with 24 rebounds in a losing cause for Cleveland on Saturday, as the Wizards rolled to a 127-115 victory over Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Spurs grabbed a 106-98 win over the Knicks on Saturday, behind a 29-point effort from Kawhi Leonard at AT&T Center.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of Cleveland's last 15 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing San Antonio
  • San Antonio is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
  • San Antonio is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 7 games
  • San Antonio is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Chicago, Thursday, March 30th
San Antonio home to Golden State, Wednesday, March 29th

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