Cavaliers vs Thunder Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/5/2020
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City -11
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-20, 3rd in the Northwest Division) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-37, 5th in the Central Division) at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Cleveland opens this contest as 11 point underdogs. The over/under is set at 219.
The Cavaliers cover the spread 42.0% of the time, having gone 21-29-1 ATS. Oklahoma City is covering 68.0% of the time, going 34-16-0 against the spread.
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
02/03/20 PG Brandon Knight Knee is questionable Wednesday vs Oklahoma City
02/03/20 C Ante Zizic Illness is questionable Wednesday vs Oklahoma City
02/03/20 C Tristan Thompson Quad is questionable Wednesday vs Oklahoma City
01/13/20 SG Dylan Windler Leg is out for season
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
02/03/20 SG Terrance Ferguson Personal is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs Cleveland
Kevin Love comes into this game averaging 17.8 points per contest while playing 31.3 minutes per night this year. He grabs 9.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 85%. Collin Sexton averages 19.8 points per contest in 32.2 minutes per game. He averages 2.6 assists per game and 3.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% for the season while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores 19.4 points per contest while playing 35.5 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.2 rebounds per contest and has 3.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 82%. Chris Paul averages 17.1 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 31.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 5.1 rebounds per game and has 6.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 106.1 points per contest, which is 26th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -8.9 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 21st. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 20th in the NBA. They average 44.2 boards per contest and 22.1 assists per game, which ranks them 20th and 27th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 2nd with 16.4 per game. The Cavaliers allow 115.0 points per contest, which is 25th in the NBA. They also surrender a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 30th and 27th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 43.0 rebounds a game which ranks 5th, and they allow 26.1 assists per game which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City is 17th in the NBA with 110.5 points per contest this season. They are 8th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 2.66. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 17th in the league. They are 23rd in the NBA in rebounding with 43.4 boards per contest and 25th in assists per game with 22.2. The Thunder are 24th in turnovers per contest with 13.8. The Thunder give up 107.9 points per game, which ranks them 11th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 13th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 22.7 dimes allowed per game and 10th with 44.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Thunder are 9th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per contest this year.
The Cavaliers are 24th in the league in defensive rating with 115.8, and their offensive rating of 106.8 is ranked 29th. They are 21st in the NBA in pace with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 22nd. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 17th in the NBA. Cleveland is 1st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 56%, which is 1st in the NBA.
Oklahoma City is 21st in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 19th in the league. The Thunder are 14th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.1, and their defensive rating of 108.4 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 12th. As a team they are 7th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 23rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Thunder NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Oklahoma City -11
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