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Warriors-Cavs Heavyweight Matchup Highlights NBA Christmas Day Slate

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have had many great battles throughout the years and will renew acquaintances on what’s been an annual tradition on Christmas Day.

MyBookie opened the Warriors as 5-point home favorites with a total of 217.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games.
  • The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the Warriors’ last five home games.

The marquee matchup is missing some star power, as Warriors point guard Stephen Curry won’t suit up due to an ankle injury. Cavs guard Isaiah Thomas has yet to make his debut for the wine and gold and will remain sidelined until the new year. Curry has missed Golden State’s last eight games and head coach Steve Kerr has stated the team won’t hurry him back.

Cleveland, which fell 4-1 in the NBA Finals to the Warriors last spring, enters the contest with wins in 19 of its last 21 games. LeBron James is playing out of his mind right now, as the face of the franchise is averaging 28.4 points, 9.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds in 2017-18. James averaged 33.6 points, 12 boards and 10 assists in the Finals.

OVER bettors have been receiving massive payouts when these teams get together. In the last four meetings between the clubs, the OVER is 4-0.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Golden State Warriors were listed earlier as 7.5-point favorites on the betting oddsboard at Bovada. Those betting on the total OVER/UNDER for points scored have seen that line set at 221 for Monday at shops such as MyBookie.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Warriors to win this game 110-104. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Golden State Warriors bring a 26-7 record (15-18 ATS) to the battle against the 24-9 Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 11-21-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen the Warriors go 16-16-1 so far and the Cavaliers go 17-15-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Golden State vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Warriors sit at No. 4 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Cavaliers are at No. 3 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers rank No. 22 in the league with 41.52 per game. That compares with Golden State's No. 8 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Golden State is the NBA's No. 5-ranked team at 11.64 treys per game, while the Cavaliers rate No. 2 with 12.48 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cavaliers got a 34-point performance from LeBron James as Cleveland handed Chicago a 115-112 defeat on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Warriors endured a 96-81 loss at the hands of the Nuggets on Saturday, despite a 18-point effort from Kevin Durant at Oracle Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Golden State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Golden State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Golden State's last 8 games
  • Golden State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Sacramento, Wednesday, December 27
Golden State home to Utah, Wednesday, December 27

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