Fade Slumping Cavaliers Against Hungry Wolves

Cleveland Cavaliers

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:58 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 12:58 PM UTC

The struggling Cavaliers return home after getting blown out on the road by the Magic while the Timberwolves try to add to their modest winning streak. Let's review the NBA odds and analyze this matchup.

Timberwolves (34-22 SU, 28-25-3 ATS) at Cavaliers (30-22 SU, 14-37-1 ATS)

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Free NBA Pick: Timberwolves -3½Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker
  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in their last five Wednesday games.
  • Cleveland is 0-7 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.
  • Cleveland is 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Minnesota is 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as a favorite.
  • Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
  • Minnesota is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

I glanced at the NBA odds this morning and, without realizing the outcome of last night's Cavaliers game against the lowly Orlando Magic, had to do a double-take when I saw this line. The Cavaliers, at home mind you, are getting as many as four points tonight against the Timberwolves. For those of you who don't know, the Cavs got drilled last night 116-98 by the 17-36 Orlando Magic as seven-point road chalk. That was the team's third loss in their last four games and have failed to cover the number in all four. It was a lowlight in a season that has been spectacularly disappointing by Cleveland's standards.

LeBron and his mates have lost 14 of their last 21 games outright and have surrendered a whopping 122.4 points per game over their last five defeats. Of course, the broken hand suffered by Kevin Love has put their big man on the shelf since January 30th and he is not expected to return to action for another eight weeks. That certainly hasn't helped the Cleveland cause but the entire roster looks bewildered and watching a 21-point lead morph into an 18 point loss against one of the very worst the league has to offer last night has to be shattering the Cavaliers' confidence as they enter tonight's game.

In the first and only meeting between these clubs this season the Timberwolves smashed the Cavs by the score of 127-99 in Minnesota. The T-Wolves were but a one-point home favorite in that one but fast forward to this meeting in Cleveland and Minnesota finds themselves as high as four-point road chalk. But the visitors are the favorites with good reason. The Cavs lost a huge edge when Love went on the disabled list and no longer have a complement to LeBron in their freewheeling offense. Isaiah Thomas has been a bona fide bust in Cleveland since being dealt from Boston and the Cavs' defense currently ranks 26th in the league allowing 109.7 points per game.

Tonight the Cavs face one of the most potent scoring teams in the league as the Wolves check in with the No. 5 ranked offense, averaging 109 PPG, and have cashed in five of their last six contests for those who have included them in their NBA picks. We say they make it six of seven here and will lay the 3 ½ points against a Cavaliers team that doesn't look anything like their former selves even with LeBron in uniform.

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