Thunder Seek Home Payout vs. Cavaliers
- Updated: February 9, 2017
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking for their first win in five meetings with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday as they host LeBron James and the reigning NBA champs as 11-point favorites.
Oklahoma City’s most recent loss to the Cavaliers came on January 29, when they suffered a 107-91 blowout defeat in Cleveland as 8-point underdogs. That kicked off the 2-4 SU run the team takes into Thursday night’s matchup at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder are coming off a 93-90 loss in Indiana as 5-point underdogs on Monday night, ending a brief two-game straight up win streak. Overall, the Thunder are just 9-10 SU in 19 contests since New Year’s Day, a run that has decimated their NBA championship odds, which sit at +10000 – well back of the +4000 odds they sported on opening night.
Oklahoma City has fared better at the sportsbooks during that stretch, going 11-8 against the spread, but has struggled to cover in recent dates with Cleveland, with its sole ATS win in eight games against the Cavaliers coming in a 103-94 win as 7.5-point home chalk back in December 2014.
Cavaliers Looking to Sweep Road Trip
The Cavaliers travel to Oklahoma City looking for the sweep on their current four-game road trip, overcoming a six-point halftime deficit with 75 second-half points in a 132-117 win over the Pacers as 3.5-point road chalk on Wednesday night.
That victory lifted Cleveland to 6-1 SU in their past seven games, ending a 2-6 SU run from mid-January and padding their lead atop the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavaliers have also covered in each of their past four outings, but the defending champions have been far from a sure bet in recent weeks.
Cleveland picked up ATS victories in just four of 18 games prior to their current tear, and is only 9-14 ATS this season in contests away from Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers have also produced middling numbers in recent dates as narrow favorites, going 3-5 SU and ATS in their past eight games when favored by fewer than four points.
However, each of those three victories came on the road, including the club’s 140-135 win in Washington as 1.5-point chalk on Monday night.
*Odds as of February 9, 2017