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Cavs, Lue Look to Rebound After Loss

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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 on Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • 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.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Minnesota Timberwolves listed as 13.5-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 200 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Cavaliers to win this game 102-100. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Timberwolves will try to spoil the party on Monday; they are 18-26-1 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 18-22-2 ATS. Minnesota is 21-22-2 vs the betting total points scored; Cleveland is 19-23. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Minnesota injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 25-rated Minnesota Timberwolves taking on the No. 3-rated Cleveland Cavaliers in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland's No. 8-rated NBA squad against Minnesota's No. 23-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 5 in the league with 9.98 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 30 with 5.07 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Timberwolves grabbed a 106-101 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, behind a 25-point effort from Shabazz Muhammad at Target Center.

LeBron James went off for 26 points and added 13 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Chicago defeated Cleveland, 96-83 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Minnesota is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
  • Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
  • Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Oklahoma City, Wednesday, January 27th
Cleveland home to Phoenix, Wednesday, January 27th