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(27-18) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs (30-18)
Date: Tuesday January 23
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Spurs -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 209
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Tuesday January 23 the Cavaliers arrive at AT&T Center to play the San Antonio Spurs. The Cavaliers got trounced in their last outing by the OKC Thunder who scored 148 points – the most ever against a LeBron James team.
Meanwhile the Spurs also enter the match having lost two in a row to the Raptors and Pacers.
Last season, the Spurs swept the Cavs including by 29 points at home and in overtime at the Q. The Spurs hold the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers 60 of their 91 matches.
In their last six games the Cavaliers have one win and that was a one point victory over the 28th ranked Orlando Magic. The average points allowed by the Cavs in those five losses are 124.6 points.
The squad is reeling and trade talk is rampant. With the Bucks firing Jason Kidd for underperforming it will be interesting to see if Ty Lue weathers the storm.
Isaiah Thomas was the leading scorer (24 points) in the rout by OKC while LeBron James scored 18 points, dished 7 dimes and grabbed 3 rebounds.
Not sure if LeBron James has ever had a worse week which (as per John Schuhmann) was punctuated by a minus -53 in his three games last week.
Both Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose are back healthy and playing, but neither is playing well enough to make a difference. Rather their presence has only served to make the Cavaliers porous defense even worse.
Kevin Love had to sit most of the Thunder game due to an illness but is expected to suit up for the match with the Spurs. Iman Shumpert continues to rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery as well as foot soreness and won’t return to the lineup until February at the earliest.
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Gregg Popovich’s response to the team win-loss seesaw (which was broken by the loss to the Pacers making it two losses in a row) was to move Dejounte Murray to the starting rotation.
As per John Schuhmann when Murray is on the court San Antonio defense is at it’s very best.
LaMarcus Aldridge looks to be wearing down as his efforts against both the Raptors and Pacers weren’t vintage. In Toronto Aldridge shot 6 of 25 producing 17 points (helped by 4 of 5 at the line) and he scored a measly 10 points on 5 of 14 in Indiana.
Manu Ginobili missed the last three games (thigh) and is questionable for the game versus Cleveland.
Additionally Kawhi Leonard (shoulder and quad) and Rudy Gay (heel) will both miss the game and neither has a confirmed return date though Gay is expected sometime in February.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- Under is 8-1 in Spurs last 9 vs. NBA Central.
- Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings head to head in San Antonio.
- Over is 11-4 in the last 15 head to head meetings.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Prediction:
Given how the Cavaliers have played they’ll be looking to play a very aggressive defensive match. The problem is they’ll be doing it against the second best defense in the NBA who just improved their starting unit by swapping Dejounte Murray for Tony Parker. Murray is going to have a field day on Isaiah Thomas or Derrick Rose.
The question is whether Aldridge can rediscover his shooting form and the odds are yes given he’ll face Kevin Love or Tristan Thompson who is still looking like he needs more time to get in shape.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Spurs -2.5
Cleveland have a losing road record and are below .500 versus the West which equates to three factors they’ll need to overcome (defense) in San Antonio.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Spurs 105 – Cavaliers 95
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