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Primetime Showdown: Cavs vs OKC

LeBron James Kevin Durant

In one of the best matchups that the NBA can make, the suddenly surging Oklahoma City Thunder visit Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. After being a poor bet for most of the season, the Thunder have gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games. The Cavs, meanwhile, have only been able to cover three times in their last 10 home games.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five games vs the Cavaliers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games on the road.
  • The Cavaliers are 7-18 ATS in their last 25 games as favorites in December.

OKC has now won six games in a row SU, with an average winning margin of 13.2 points in those games. Keeping this streak alive will be a difficult task, as Cleveland is an almost perfect 10-1 SU at home this season.

This will be the second game of a back-to-back for the Thunder after beating the Trail Blazers 106-90 at home last night. The total has gone UNDER six of their last seven games when playing on no day’s rest.

Tonight’s game opened with a total of 205. The teams have combined to go UNDER in 16 of their last 19 games and both of their matchups last season went UNDER the total. The teams split their two games last season.

LeBron James has been a stat machine vs OKC in 21 career games against them, averaging 29.6 points, 6.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and two steals.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Cleveland Cavaliers installed as -4-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 208.5.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 104-95 result in favor of the Thunder. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers bring a 16-7 record (9-14 ATS) to the battle against the 17-8 Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 11-14 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Cleveland Cavaliers go 12-11 so far and the Oklahoma City Thunder go 8-17. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Oklahoma City injuries news.

This game pits the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently No. 6 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who rate No. 5 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland's No. 8-rated NBA squad against Oklahoma City's No. 2-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 5 in the league with 9.87 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 21 with 7.8 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kevin Durant scored 24 points leading the Thunder to a 106-90 victory over Portland at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers got 24 points from LeBron James as Cleveland ran past Boston 89-77 on Tuesday at TD Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Oklahoma City's last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Cleveland is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games
  • Cleveland is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oklahoma City home to Los Angeles, Saturday, December 19th
Cleveland home to Philadelphia, Sunday, December 20th