Things can only get better for the Cleveland Cavs following their lackluster outing against the Chicago Bulls in Tyronn Lue’s first game as head coach on Saturday. The Cavs will look to get their new coach a notch in the win column when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night.
- The Timberwolves are 2-6 SU in their last eight visits to Cleveland.
- The Timberwolves are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs.
- The total has gone UNDER in six of the Cavs’ last eight games following an ATS loss in their last game.
At online shop Bovada, the Cavs are 13.5-point home favorites with the young Wolves in town. Cleveland is 1-2-1 ATS in its last four games, while the Wolves head in 2-2 ATS in their last four, but come in off a 106-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.
Despite sitting first in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs sacked David Blatt on Friday afternoon, replacing him with ex-player Tyronn Lue. The Cavs laid an egg when they hosted the Bulls in Lue's debut Saturday, losing outright 96-83 and, obviously, not even coming close to covering the 10.5 points they were favored by.
That performance could be seen as an anomaly, however, as the Cavs shot 4-24 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range and 9-22 (40.9 percent) from the free-throw line. You will not see the Cavs repeat those numbers with any frequency no matter who the coach is.
The Wolves have been especially cold when facing teams from the Eastern Conference, going 0-6 SU and ATS in their last six games. Included in there was a 125-99 beating that came courtesy of the Cavs, who were 10-point favorites on their home floor. If they want to put that Bulls loss behind them, and get a win for their new head coach, a repeat of that January 8 performance would be more than welcomed for the Cavs and their backers.