Oklahoma City favored by 9 against Cleveland on Saturday
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds
Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Cavaliers try to run the Thunder off the court at Quicken Loans Arena in pro hoops action.
Cleveland battles the Thunder, currently with a 35-11 mark (26-17-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 24-22 for the Cavaliers and 22-22-2 for the Thunder. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Thunder listed as 9-point favorites earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 202 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 27-rated Cavaliers and the No. 1-ranked Thunder, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 108-95 result in favor of the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland's No. 21-rated squad against Oklahoma City's No. 11-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 12 in the league with 7.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 11 with 7.5 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Thunder own the league's No. 12-rated mark, allowing 98.3 points per game when playing on the road. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 25 in scoring on their home court.
Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 106-89 result against the Grizzlies on January 31. The Thunder covered in that game as a 9.5-point favorite, while the 195 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Thunder got a 27-point performance from Kevin Durant as Oklahoma City ran past Memphis 106-89 on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Cavaliers were a 117-99 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pistons. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (216) made winners of OVER bettors. The Cavaliers got 19 points from Tristan Thompson, but it was Detroit that prevailed in a 117-99 final on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Oklahoma City home to Dallas, Monday, February 4
Cleveland home to Charlotte, Wednesday, February 6