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Cavaliers Failing to Cover Huge Spreads

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One of the most lopsided games of the NBA season takes place Wednesday when the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers play host to Western Conference cellar dwellers, the Phoenix Suns. Oddsmakers are clearly expecting this to be a blowout and have opened the Cavs as 16-point favorites for the affair, but smart NBA bettors shouldn’t be chomping at the bit to lay that much chalk with the wine and gold.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavaliers are 7-2 SU in their last nine games against the Western Conference.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Suns' last 11 games as underdogs.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the Cavaliers' last five games at home.

Cleveland has faced double-digit spreads on 11 occasions this season are an ugly 3-7-1 ATS in those games despite winning 10 of them outright. The Suns (14-32 SU), who are in the midst of a historically bad season, have been tabbed as double-digit underdogs eight times and have gone 3-5 ATS in that span. Phoenix is also 0-6 ATS on the road in its last six away from the desert.

As good as Cleveland’s record looks on paper (31-12 SU), things are far from perfect in “The Land.” The Cavs are less than a week removed from the surprise firing of then head coach David Blatt, a move that saw former associate bench boss Tyronne Lue take over the reigns on the sidelines. Trade rumors continue to swirl over Kevin Love’s head as the power forward is once again struggling to fit in as the third option behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Here’s what we know: the Suns are awful, and the Cavs are a good team that’s slowly but surely finding its way at the midpoint of the season. Hoops bettors should tread with caution.

Who ya got: Suns or Cavs? Let us know in the comment section below.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Cleveland Cavaliers installed as -14.5-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 205.5.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 107-98 win for the Cavaliers on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Phoenix Suns vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers currently sport a record of 31-12, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-23-2 ATS. The Phoenix Suns are 14-32 and 18-28 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cavaliers post a 20-23 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Suns have gone 24-21-1 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Phoenix injuries news.

The Cleveland Cavaliers sit at No. 3 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Phoenix Suns are at No. 30 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Cleveland's No. 18-ranked offense (101.26 PPG) against a Phoenix Suns defense that ranks No. 29 at 106.76 PPG. The Cleveland Cavaliers have averaged 45.09% from the field per game, more than the Phoenix Suns have managed so far this NBA season (44.21% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Phoenix got 26 points from Archie Goodwin en route to a 113-103 loss against Philadelphia on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center.

The Cavaliers got 25 points from LeBron James as Cleveland ran past Minnesota 114-107 on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Phoenix is 2-15-1 SU in its last 18 games
  • Phoenix is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Phoenix is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Phoenix's last 13 games when playing Cleveland
  • Cleveland is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
  • Cleveland is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Phoenix at New York, Friday, January 29th
Cleveland at Detroit, Friday, January 29th