Rested Thunder Try For Season Sweep Against Cavaliers Wednesday

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

The Cleveland Cavaliers actually are showing signs of being an NBA team again of late, but they are still sizable underdogs Tuesday night in their lone visit to Oklahoma City. Bet confidently with tips from SBRpicks.com.

Cleveland (4-15 SU, 10-9 ATS) at Oklahoma City (12-7 SU, 11-8 ATS)Wednesday, 8 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: UnderBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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It used to be that a Cavaliers-Thunder game would be on national television because of LeBron James facing off against Russell Westbrook. Alas, the 2018-19 Cavaliers will only be on national TV a few times this year with the King off in Los Angeles. Cleveland makes its lone visit of the year to OKC on Wednesday night.

The Cavs are going to be among the NBA’s worst teams this year, and that’s fine as maybe they will find another star in the 2019 draft. There is talk, though, that the Cavs already are looking to make a move. They have talked to the Philadelphia 76ers about former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, who apparently has been deemed expendable by the Sixers. Not really sure where Fultz would play on Cleveland because they already have a very promising young point guard in rookie Collin Sexton.

Cleveland is trying to trade J.R. Smith, who is away from the team until a deal can be reached. Sorry, but J.R. Smith isn’t enough to get Fultz even with Fultz’s value in the toilet right now. Cleveland is also without injured Kevin Love, George Hill and Sam Dekker – the Hill injury has been a blessing in disguise because Sexton has shined in taking his place as the starting point guard.

Oklahoma City visited the Land on Nov. 7 and won 95-86. The Cavs led 82-80 with 6:18 remaining but were outscored 15-4 the rest of the way. Westbrook was out injured, and Dennis Schroder had 28 points starting in his spot. That was the first start of Sexton’s career, and he had 15 points. Jordan Clarkson nearly recorded his first career triple-double with 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

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22 points in under 22 minutes. 🔥 #BeTheFight pic.twitter.com/YnpRD6XStA

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 27, 2018
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Westbrook Gets Work In

Since starting 0-4, the Thunder haven’t lost back-to-back games. That’s on the line here as they are off a 105-98 home loss to Denver on Saturday. Westbrook was an ugly 6-for-23 overall and 1-for-12 from long range – I can do that! He was 0-for-6 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Westbrook apparently took part in a shooting session about two hours after the game in full uniform. He did finish with a triple-double of 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. As a team, the Thunder shot 35.9 percent, hit 9-of-39 from 3 and missed eight free throws. They looked tired in the second of a back-to-back but will be well-rested here, while Cleveland lost Monday vs. Minnesota.

Might surprise you to know that OKC has the best defensive rating in the NBA at 102.6 – they lead the league in steals by a mile -- and the fourth-best overall rating (behind Milwaukee, Toronto and Denver) of 5.2. Cleveland is last in defensive rating (113.9) and 27th in net (minus-6.6).

  • Under is 5-2 in Cavaliers last 7 road games.
  • Under is 6-2 in Thunder last 8 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.

We like the ‘under’ for a Wednesday NBA pick. The Thunder are playing great defense, and Cleveland is among the worst in the NBA in scoring at 104.6 ppg.

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