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Warriors, Cavaliers meet in potential NBA Finals preview

The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors tonight and will look to break a three-game losing streak in the process. The Cavaliers have been on a rough stretch lately and are 3-7 SU and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games. It will be an uphill battle to hold home court vs the Warriors, who are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games and opened as 4.5-point favorites.

SHARK BITES
  • The Cavaliers are 5-0 SU in their last five games at home vs a West Coast team.
  • The Warriors are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games on the road vs teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State’s last 6 road games.

For fans, this may be an NBA Finals preview. The Cavs have played well at home and are 15-4 SU this season but for bettors, they’re the bane of our existence. Cleveland is 3-15-1 ATS at Quicken Loans Arena and is 1-6 SU and 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven games vs Golden State. The Cavs may be still trying to work out the kinks with infusing Isaiah Thomas into the rotation and if they plan to have any shot of taking down the Dubs, they’ll need a big game from IT and company.

The Warriors have dealt with injuries and lineup changes throughout the season but that doesn’t seem to slow down a juggernaut like this. Golden State is 19-3 SU on the road (best in the league) this season and is coming off an excellent win vs the Raptors on Saturday. The good news for Warriors backers is they’re expected to have their full lineup ready for tonight’s action and are 3-1 ATS in their last four road games.

For totals bettors, this could be a tricky one as the total opened at 230, which seems like an astronomical figure. But the OVER has hit in six of Golden State's last 8 games with a total of 230 or higher and in four of last five games in this matchup. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers opened as 4.5-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 229 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 120-107 win for the Warriors on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 26-16 so far on the NBA season, and 12-29-1 vs the spread betting line. The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, are 35-9 and 20-23-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cleveland go 21-20-1 and the Warriors go 24-19-1 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Golden State injuries news.

This game pits the Cavaliers, currently No. 20 in the OddsShark NBA Power Rankings, against the Warriors, who rate No. 6 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland's No. 23-rated NBA squad against Golden State's No. 12-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 2 in the league with 12.21 treys per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 5 with 11.5 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Klay Thompson scored 26 points leading the Warriors to a 127-125 victory over Toronto at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

The Cavaliers wasted a 27-point performance from LeBron James as Indiana ran past them 97-95 on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • Golden State is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Golden State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Golden State's last 8 games
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 3-15-1 ATS in its last 19 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Golden State at Chicago, Wednesday, January 17
Cleveland home to Orlando, Thursday, January 18

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