NBA Weekend Action
Even though the Cavaliers have won eight straight the Spurs are a solid home team and are 4-1 ATS in their last five games at home.
Cleveland Cavaliers (57-15) at San Antonio Spurs (42-28)
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Tonight in the Lone Star State the San Antonio Spurs host the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Spurs are coming off a loss and 6-4 in their last 10 games and the Cavs have won eight in a row and are 9-1 in their last 10 games. San Antonio is currently tied with Portland for the last playoff spot and they would love to move past the Blazers so they would avoid playing the L.A. Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
This season the Spurs are 25-11 at home and 37-34-1 ATS and the Cavaliers are 26-11 on the road and are also 37-34-1 ATS.
Both teams played their last games on Wednesday, but with different results, as the Spurs were beat by the L.A. Lakers 92-83 while the Cavs beat the New Orleans Hornets 105-92.
The Cavs have won eight straight over the Spurs including their last four in San Antonio.
Even with Shaq out the Cavs now have another big man to match up with Tim Duncan (18.2 ppg 10.3 rpg), as Cleveland recently brought back C Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Duncan needs to have a good game tonight, but in his last couple games against the Cavs he has only averaged 9.5 ppg. In the Spurs last game against the Lakers Duncan was only 2/12 from the floor.
In the last game between these two teams played the Cavs won and they did not even have superstar LeBron James (29.8 ppg) He will be in the lineup tonight and while he will get his points the Spurs have to keep the other Cavs’ players from having big scoring games. James has averaged 30.7 ppg in the last three wins in San Antonio.
In the last loss to the Cavs Manu Ginobili had a season-high 38 points and since he has been a starter with Tony Parker out with an injury he has averaged 23.2 ppg.
The Spurs have to figure out how to score on a Cavs’ defense that ranks third in the league in opponents’ points allowed (94.7 ppg).
Saturday Big Games
Portland Trailblazers at New Orleans Hornets
As of Friday the Blazers are tied with the Spurs for the last playoff spot in the West. Portland looks to finish ahead of the Spurs so they will not face the Lakers in an opening round playoff series. Beating the Hornets, who will not make the playoffs, will not be simple since the game is in the Big Easy and Chris Paul is back in the Hornets lineup.
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors
The Mavs are tied with the Jazz and Nuggets for the second spot in the West and every game is important for them because of playoff positioning. They will be facing a Warriors squad at home that is the second highest scoring team in the league.
Sunday Big Games
San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics
Both teams will make the playoffs, but the Spurs want to move up in the West to avoid playing the Lakers in the first round and the Celtics want to move up in the East to avoid playing the Cavaliers in the second round.
Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat
This is an important game for both games in terms of playoff implications. As of Friday the Heat are in the sixth spot in the East, but they only lead the eighth place Raptors by two games.