Looking to win big? The Spurs and Cavaliers face off at 1:00 ET on BSOH. The Cavaliers are hosting the game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 234.5 points, and the Cavaliers are favored to win at home against the Spurs.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS VS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: San Antonio Spurs +10
This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 1:00 ET on Sunday, January 7th.
WHY BET THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-106 in favor of the Cavaliers.
- Our projections have Donovan Mitchell finishing with Donovan Mitchell points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Cavaliers finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.4% and knocking down 13 threes.
Do the Spurs Have What it Takes in Cleveland?
As the Spurs get ready to take on the Cavaliers, they are hoping to snap several streaks. San Antonio has lost four straight games, and they are also just 5-29 this season. When playing on the road, the Spurs have really struggled, going 3-14 for the season.
San Antonio is also looking to pick up a non-conference win, as all five of their wins this season have come against Western Conference teams. So far, the Spurs have gone 0-10 in non-conference games.
When looking at the standings, the Spurs are 15th in the West and 5th in the Southwest. If they are going to have a chance to cover the spread, they will need to pull off the upset as 10-point underdogs.
So far, San Antonio has been the underdog in 33 of their 34 games and has an average scoring margin of -12.1 points per game as the underdog. Their overall ATS record for the season is 14-20, but they have covered the spread in two straight games.
In their last game, the Spurs put up 121 points on the Bucks. Overall, they shot 48.4% from the field and knocked down 14 three-pointers. Victor Wembanyama is the team’s leading scorer at 19.2 PPG. Keldon Johnson is also a big contributor, averaging 17.5 PPG.
Currently, the Spurs’ defense holds the 27th rank in the NBA, allowing 122.9 points per game. In their previous matchup vs. the Bucks, the Spurs’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 53% leading to 125 points.
Does Cleveland Have What it Takes at Home?
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Spurs as 10-point favorites. If they are able to cover, they will also snap a two-game streak of failing to cover the spread. Overall, Cleveland is 8th in the Eastern Conference on a record of 20-15.
When playing at home, the Cavaliers have put together an average scoring margin of +2.3 points per contest and have a home record of 11-8 this season. Against the spread, they have gone 9-10 at home with two straight covers.
The over/under record in Cleveland’s games is sitting just below .500 at 18-17. This season, 30 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 234.5. The Cavs have gone 16-14 in these games with the average point total in their games being 224.6 points.
As the favorite, the Cavs have an average scoring margin of +5.6 points per game and have gone on to win the game in each of their last seven games as the favorite. Their overall ATS record as the favorite this season is 10-9.
In their most recent game, the Cavaliers offense scored 114 points, which is right around their average of 113.1 points per game this season. Donovan Mitchell was the top scorer for the Cavaliers in their last game, finishing with 26 points. Georges Niang also chipped in 14 points for the Cavaliers.
For the season, Cleveland is sitting 6th in terms of points allowed per game (111.4). It is worth noting they have given up a fewer number of points in two straight games. On two point field goal attempts, the Cavaliers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.5% and allowing 35.6% from beyond the arc.