Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 10/27/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Friday, October 27, 2023
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the location where the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31 last year) will go up against the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-42 last season) on Friday.
The Thunder faced off with the Bulls and earned the victory with a final of 124-104 in their last game. Regarding fouls, the Thunder walked away with 19 while the Bulls finished the game with 16 fouls. They made 12 of 42 attempts from beyond the arc. Chicago finished the game at 77.8% at the charity stripe by converting 14 of 18 attempts. In addition, Chicago collected 42 boards (13 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Chicago earned 26 assists and had 10 steals in the matchup. With respect to defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to go 41.5% from the floor on 39 of 94 shooting. They also doled out 30 assists in the game while forcing 12 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 43 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Thunder converted 15 of 18 tries for a percentage of 83.3%. Oklahoma City ended the game having earned a 54.9% field goal percentage (45 out of 82) and converted 19 out of their 39 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a player who played a role in the matchup. Gilgeous-Alexander finished 66.7% from the field and earned 10 assists. He was on the court for 36 minutes and pulled down 5 boards. He ended up walking away with 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting.
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Oklahoma City will enter this game after finishing with a record of 40-42 last season. They averaged 117.5 points per game (5th in the league) while shooting 46.5% from the field. The Thunder shot 35.6% from downtown (995 of 2,797) and 80.9% from the charity stripe. As a basketball team, Oklahoma City collected 43.6 boards per game and had 2,002 assists last season, which was 21st in the league in terms of passing. They lost possession via turnover 13.0 times per contest and as a group committed 21.0 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Thunder forced their opponents into 16.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.4 fouls. They were ranked 20th in basketball in allowing assists 2,126 conceded over the course of last season. The Thunder gave up a FG percentage of 47.4% (3,437 of 7,252) and they relinquished 46.6 rebounds per contest as a squad. They surrendered 35.8% on 3-pointers while they were 19th in the NBA in points per game allowed (116.4).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Cavaliers got the victory with a final of 114-113 when they faced the Nets. In reference to cleaning up the glass, Cleveland allowed Brooklyn to pull down 50 overall (13 on the offensive side). They shot 33.3% from 3-point land by going 9 out of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 20 of 26 at the free throw line (76.9%). The Cavaliers allowed the Nets to bury 42 out of 84 attempts from the field which had them at 50.0% in this matchup. When this game wrapped up, the Cavaliers ended up going 44 for 94 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.8%. Regarding shots from distance, Cleveland buried 17 of their 43 tries (39.5%). They were able to knock down 9 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 90.0%. The Nets earned 16 fouls for this game which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 10 attempts. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while earning 10 steals in this matchup. The Cavaliers collected 29 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 38 in this game.
Donovan Mitchell ended up being a major contributor for the Cavaliers in this contest. He made 11 out of 21 for the matchup for a rate of 52.4%, and earned 5 rebounds. Mitchell racked up 27 points in his 36 mins of playing time and added 6 assists for the contest.
Cleveland had a win-loss record of 51-31 last year. As an offensive team, the Cavaliers shot 48.8% from the field, which ranked 5th in the NBA. Cleveland had 9,205 points last season (112.3 per contest) and they grabbed 41.1 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 24.9 times per game (19th in the NBA) and they turned the ball over 13.3 times per contest. The Cavaliers committed 19.0 personal fouls every game and they shot 78.0% from the charity stripe.
The Cavaliers on the defensive end were ranked 1st in the NBA in PPG allowed with 106.9. They forced 15.7 TO's per game and let teams shoot 46.8% from the floor (7th in the league). The Cleveland defense conceded 36.8% on 3-point shots (924 of 2,508) and opponents connected on 78.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 23.0 assists and 41.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 1st and 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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