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Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5:12 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 5:12 PM UTC

The new-look Cavs travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder in a Tuesday night TNT clash (8 p.m. ET) of playoff-contending clubs. Let’s review the NBA odds and break it down.

Cavaliers (33-22 SU, 17-37-1 ATS) at Thunder (32-25 SU, 23-33-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Thunder -1Best Line Offered: YouWager

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  • Oklahoma City is 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  • Oklahoma City is 6-2 ATS against Central division opponents.
  • Oklahoma City is 12-8 ATS against the Cavaliers over their 20 games at Oklahoma City.
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in their last six Tuesday games.
  • Cleveland is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.
  • Cleveland is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

Cleveland management has done more wheeling and dealing than a used car salesman on a Presidents' Day weekend. The result has been positive thus far after showing Isaiah Thomas the door, the key piece to the Kyrie Irving trade in the offseason, and getting Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in return from the Lakers. Moreover, the Cavs swung a few more trades in landing them George Hill and Rodney Hood from Utah, but the fallout has benefited veteran JR Smith, whose clutch shooting of late has contributed to Cleveland’s three-game winning streak in which it has covered the number on each occasion.

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A new day.
A new opportunity.#CavsThunder || #AllForOne

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 13, 2018

Oklahoma City’s fortunes have been mercurial, to say the least. The Thunder reeled off eight consecutive wins before dropping their next four. Heading into this clash with the Cavs, OKC has won two of three, with its most recent outing a 110-92 dismantling of the Memphis Grizzlies and getting the cash for all who backed them in their NBA picks as four-point home chalk. Just three weeks ago, the Thunder blew up the scoreboard with a 148-124 victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

After reviewing the NBA odds for this one, I was mildly surprised that the NBA oddsmakers have installed Oklahoma City as the favorites, considering that Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony are both questionable for this contest after sitting Sunday vs. the Grizzlies. That said, I am quite certain both will not only suit up but be ready to rain buckets on a Cleveland squad that is still getting to know one another. The Cavs employ the ole’ defense, and as a result simply try to outmuscle and outscore their opponents because stopping opposing offenses has been tantamount to disaster for Cleveland this year. I will trust that Melo and Westbrook will come out with guns blazing and win this one comfortably. Watch the Thunder roll tonight!

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