Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/19/2014
Thursday, March 20th, 2014 4:00 PM on FSOK, FSOH
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
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The San Antonio Spurs are red hot but still haven't been able to pull away from Oklahoma City for the #1 seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder currently trail the Spurs by 1.5 games with a visit to the slumping Cavs forthcoming. With only 14 games remaining the Cavs are all but out of the playoff picture and hopes of a better 2014 draft has already become the hot topic.
OKC comes into the game in the midst of a three game road trip but will have had three days of rest prior to this game. The Thunder were able to pull away from the Bulls late for a 97-85 win in Chicago on Monday. The win was the 6th in the last 10 for Oklahoma City and was once again fueled by Kevin Durant, who went for 30+ points for the 5th time in 7 games.
The Cavaliers have been on the losing end in 6 of the last 8 games but that record is construed by the quality of opponent they've faced. Cleveland played playoff teams in 7 of their last 8 games with the other matchup being against the Knicks in the midst of a 6-game win streak. It doesn't get any easier with games against the Thunder and the Rockets as the schedule makers didn't do Cleveland any favors this season.
Cleveland was able to capture a victory in the last matchup between the teams, winning 114-104 in OKC on February 26th. The win was fueled by the Cavs outscoring the Thunder 42-28 in the 4th quarter behind 31 total points by Kyrie Irving. If bettors had the foresight to take Cleveland outright in that game they were rewarded with a windfall of a payout at +1500 while the over 205 was also money.
Oklahoma City is 18-14-0 ATS on the road this season
Oklahoma City is 16-16-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Cleveland is 17-16-0 ATS at home this season
Cleveland is 13-20-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/02/14 G Thabo Sefolosha Leg out indefinitely
02/22/14 C Kendrick Perkins Groin out indefinitely
03/19/14 F Luol Deng Ankle questionable Thursday vs. Oklahoma City
03/19/14 G Dion Waiters Hip questionable Thursday vs. Oklahoma City
03/17/14 G Kyrie Irving Bicep expected to miss 2 weeks
03/10/14 F Anthony Bennett Knee out indefinitely
01/28/14 G Carrick Felix Knee out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take OKC
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