A high caliber duel between two teams sitting on the top-5 spots of their respective conference takes place today, when the Oklahoma City Thunder (32-25), who want to continue on the winning ways, are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22), who want to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-13-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder +1
Thunder have a 32-25 record (24-33-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 5th place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Grizzlies with a 110-92 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 25.5 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 9.3 and in assists made, with 10.3 per game. He is followed by Paul George with 22.2 ppg and 5.5 rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony adds 17 ppg and 6 rebounds per game. Both Westbrook and Anthony are questionable for today.
Top Basketball BookmakersCavaliers have a 33-22 record (17-37-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Celtics with a 121-99 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 26.6 ppg, adding 7.9 rebounds and a team high 8.7 assists per game. He is followed by Kevin Love with 17.9 ppg and a team high 9.4 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Thunder won on the road with a 124-148 score. Thunder are 20-9 at home so far this season, while Cavs are 13-15 on the road. Cavs are better offensively, scoring 110 ppg to Thunder’s 106.2, while Thunder are better defensively, allowing 102.7 ppg to Cavs’ 109.9. Cavs have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.39% to Thunder’s 45.33% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.84% to Thunder’s 34.95%. They are also better in assists made, with 23.6 to Thunder’s 21, while Thunder are better in rebounding (44.8 to 41.7). With both Westbrook and Anthony questionable for today the Cavs are the absolute favorite. Vegas odds give them a -1 spread and expect them to beat those odds for the road victory.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers -1 (-110)