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Suns visit Cavaliers in hoops battle

Phoenix SunsCleveland Cavaliers
24-18January 26, 2014, 06:00 | Quicken Loans Arena16-27

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Sunday when the Suns of Phoenix hit the hard court against the Cavaliers of Cleveland.

Cleveland will face the 24-18 Suns, who own a 26-14-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Cavaliers are 20-23 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Suns are 23-19 favoring the OVER.

View Phoenix Suns vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

The Cavaliers were listed as a 2-point underdogs at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 204 over at 5Dimes earlier.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cavaliers rated this week at No. 22 and the Suns sitting at No. 5. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 96-89 result in favor of the Suns today.

Phoenix lost its last outing, a 101-95 result against the Wizards on January 24. The Suns failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 196 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Suns endured a 101-95 loss at the hands of the Wizards on Friday, despite a 19-point effort from Goran Dragic at US Airways Center.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 93-78 winner at home against the Bucks. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (171) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Anderson Varejao scored 16 points leading the Cavaliers to a 93-78 victory over Milwaukee at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Suns rank No. 14 in the league with 43.29 per game. That compares with Cleveland’s No. 10 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cleveland is the NBA’s No. 20-ranked team at 7.12 per game, while the Suns rate No. 3 with 9.4 per contest.

A few Suns at Cavaliers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games
Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 8 games on the road
Phoenix is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Cleveland is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
Cleveland is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Phoenix at Philadelphia, Monday, January 27th
Cleveland home to New Orleans, Tuesday, January 28th