Thunder on the road against Cleveland
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to pick up a victory on the road over the Cleveland Cavaliers when those teams hit the hardwood together on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers upset the Thunder 114-104 as a big 15-point road underdog on the NBA odds when those teams last met on February 26 in an OVER result. The Thunder and Cavaliers split their two meetings last season 1-1 both SU and ATS.
This season the Cavaliers are 26-42 overall and 31-37 ATS against the number, while the Thunder are 49-18 and 37-29-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Cleveland is 30-37-1 on the OU, and Oklahoma City is 34-33.
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 3-rated Thunder taking on the No. 20-rated Cavaliers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 99-89 win for the Thunder on Thursday.
Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 97-85 winner as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Thunder covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 182 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kevin Durant poured in 35 points for Oklahoma City on Monday, as they defeated Chicago 97-85 at United Center.
The Cavaliers were a 100-96 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Heat. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (196) made winners of OVER bettors. Cleveland suffered a 100-96 loss against Miami on Tuesday, getting 22 points from Jarrett Jack in a losing effort at Quicken Loans Arena.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Thunder rank No. 4 in the league with 45.28 per game. That compares with Cleveland’s No. 11 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cleveland is the NBA’s No. 19-ranked team at 7.12 per game, while the Thunder rate No. 16 with 7.88 per contest.
A few Thunder at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Cleveland is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Cleveland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Cleveland's last 18 games at home
Oklahoma City at Toronto, Friday, March 21st
Cleveland home to Houston, Saturday, March 22nd