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The 2010 NBA trade deadline has come and gone and while the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t get the Phoenix Suns’ Amare Stoudemire, like they wanted, they still were able to score Antawn Jamison from the Washington Wizards and Sebastian Telfair from the L.A. Clippers.

“We are very excited to have an experienced all-star player of Antawn's caliber and character join us,” said Cavs GM Danny Ferry after making the deal.

“He has the ability to add a special, unique dimension to our team with a strong inside presence and the ability to stretch teams defensively, while impacting the entire court.”

As it stands, online sportsbooks have Cleveland as the odds-on favorite at -110 to win the Eastern Conference and +225 to win the NBA championship.

The trade was consummated on Feb. 18 and Jamison made his debut a day later and since then, the Cavaliers are 0-2 straight up and against the spread.

After a game against the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night, the Cavs will hit the road for a two-game Atlantic division swing with games against the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors.

Let’s look ahead to that road trip.

Cleveland at Boston:
The Cavs haven’t paid off for the sports betting public in their last 10 road games, only managing a record of 2-6-2 ATS.

However, Cleveland has fared well when visiting Boston, boasting an impressive 9-3-1 mark against the spread in their last 13 (although worth noting is they are only 4-9 straight up in those games, with nine-straight losses).

The games against the Celtics and Raps take place on Thursday and Friday, so it is worth looking at how the Cavs fare in these back-to-back situations. Playing the front end of a back-to-back, Cleveland has only taken four out of their last 12 against the spread in this spot. They are only 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing the second night of a back-to-back situation…so keep an eye on that game vs. the Raptors.

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The Wizards didn’t make out to badly in the trade deadline either, acquiring C Zydrunas Ilgauskas and some lesser names from the Cavs and forwards Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and guard Quinton Ross from the Dallas Mavericks.

Washington is still a long shot to take the East at +20,000 and even more of a long shot to take the championship at +50,000 however.

The Wizards host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday and in their last nine overall games against the Grizz are 2-7 SU and 3-6 ATS with six Overs.

In Washington’s last 14 home games, they have recorded 4 Overs and 10 Unders.

Good luck with all your NBA plays.