Cleveland At Oklahoma City Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info
NBA fans will still clearly remember all the great battles that took place between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat a few years back, when those two teams were the kings of their respective conferences. That all died when LeBron upped sticks and moved to Cleveland, and when the Golden State Warriors rose to prominence in the Western Conference, going so far as to pluck Kevin Durant from OKC to further their cause. It’s still fun to see the Thunder go up against King James, but those match-ups pale in comparison to those meetings versus the Heat back in the day. One match-up that never ceases to amaze is the one between Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, as these are arguably two of the best players in the NBA right now. The Thunder are at their very best when Westbrook is on his game, and there is plenty of reason to believe that he will be fired up when the Cleveland Cavaliers roll into town on Thursday night. We could be in for a great game here, and perhaps even a mild NBA online betting upset.
A Closer Look At The Cavaliers At Thunder Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info
When: Thursday, February 9 at 8 PM EST
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
If the Cleveland Cavaliers have one flaw, it may well be how they play on the road during the regular season. They, at times, look like a team that is either bored, or simply conserving energy for the bigger battles still to come. This is a team that is just 13-10 on the road this season, and while that may be a record that a lot of teams would love to have, it’s simply not good enough for a team of this caliber. There also always seem to be dram circling around this group, with the LeBron/Barkley feud, and the seeming need to land Carmelo Anthony all serving as a distraction. These are things that will need to be put aside against a very good OKC team on Thursday.
Why bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are one of those teams that would gladly trade their road record for the one that the Cavaliers have posted, as doing so would lift them out of their lowly #7 seed in the Western Conference. The good news for OKC is that this one is in their own building, where they have posted an impressive 18-7 record so far. They really haven’t been home much of late, but they have 7 of their next 8 games in their own building, so perhaps look for them to make a move on the Utah Jazz, who they trail by 3.5 games in the Northwest Division. A win in this one would certainly help build some confidence for this next run of games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Cavaliers have won the last 4 meetings versus OKC, and that would suggest that they should also win here. I am not that convinced it will happen, though, as I like the Thunder to get the win.