National Basketball Association: CLE vs. SA
Cleveland Cavaliers (27-18, 11-12 away) at San Antonio Spurs (30-18, 19-3 home)
January 23, 2018- 8:00 PM ET (TV TNT) AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
A team that is in the midst of turmoil, the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel into the AT&T Center on Tuesday night looking for any bit success as they will square off against the San Antonio Spurs in a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Cavs Lines: MyBookie Spread (+1.5) ML +120
Best Spurs Lines: 5Dimes Spread (-1) ML -113
Over/Under: BetOnline 209.0
Two teams that were once considered powerhouses in the NBA have now fallen off as the Cavs and Spurs are struggling to regain their touch. Cleveland at 27-18 and the Spurs at 30-18 find themselves in third-place in their respective conferences and will both enter what should have been a “marquee” matchup to being nothing more two teams in desperate need of a big win.
Meeting for the first time this season, the Cavs and San Antonio are dealing with issues; for Cleveland, they are a team divided in the locker room surrounding Kevin Love and with losses in seven of their past 10 contests, including two of three on their last homestand, they look aged and tired.
However, despite the uncertainty of the Cavs, they sit 3 games up on the Pacers in the Central Division.
Coming off a stinging 148-124 home defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, the Cavs behind LeBron James will look to regroup in a hurry as they will face an injury-plagued San Antonio team without their MVP in Kawhi Leonard.
With no Leonard and now former star Tony Parker coming off the bench, the Spurs will continue to look to LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol to help lead the way.
The Spurs are coming off a 94-86 home defeat to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday; just their third home loss of the season. Much of San Antonio’s woes this season can attributed on the offensive end where at just 100.6 ppg rank 28th out of the 30 teams in the league. The Spurs are in the midst of a two-game losing streak as they sit 4 ½ games back of the Houston Rockets in the Southwest Division.
James is just seven points away from becoming the seventh player all-time to score 30,000 points.
Looking past what both teams are going through, we should still be treated to an entertaining matchup on the national stage. For sports betting purposes for our US players, 5Dimes is favoring SA (-1) point over CLE, while MyBookie is giving the visiting team (+1.5) points. BetOnline delivers the over/under with 209.0 total game points scored.
Putting my faith in James and company, I will favor the Cavaliers PLUS the points (+1.5) to win as my best betting pick.