MIAMI AT CLEVELAND NBA Game Information and OddsTime: 2.00 AM AST TV:ESPN/ SUN/ FSOH NBA Odds and Lines: Cavaliers (-6), OVER/UNDER: 196.5 In a reunion that will feature LeBron James Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh all on the same court in a competitive game for the first time since James left Bosh and Wade in Miami to join Cleveland, there’s definitely a lot to look forward to in this game. All that side court chatter and friendliness aside, Cleveland will continue to play without the recuperating starting duo of Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, so they’ll need LeBron and Kevin Love to be at their best, supported with their solid bench that hit 13 3-pointers and scored an impressive 50 points in the 106-76 rout of the Grizzlies on Wednesday, a day after the Cavs had lost 97-95 to Chicago in their season opener. The Heat, meanwhile, are coming off a 104-94 season-opening home win over Charlotte, a game that saw Bosh score a game-high 21 points in his return from a long-time injury layoff from last season. The Heat team scorched up 12 of 20 3s in that opener, a great improvement after the team finished 24th in 3-point percentage (33.5) last season. Gerald Green, who led Miami by knocking down 5 of 8 three-pointers off the bench, will need to do more of the same if the Heat are to avoid getting walloped by the three-point happy Cavaliers.
Key Betting Trends
- The two teams split last year’s four-game series with each team winning two games on their home floor
- In the two victories over the Heat at The Q in 2014-15, the Cavs won by an average of 23.0 points (113.5-90.5)
- The Cavaliers have won 20 of their last 21 at home, including the postseason, when both James and Love are in the lineup
- Overall, Cleveland is 28-21 against Miami when playing at home.
OKLAHOMA CITY AT ORLANDO NBA Game Information and Odds2:00 AM AST TV: FSOK/ FSFL NBA Odds and Lines: Oklahoma City (-8.5), OVER/UNDER: 208 After dispatching the San Antonio Spurs in Oklahoma during their Wednesday season-opening game, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant (who will be playing his second game of the season after missing massive time last year) will be hoping to lead OKC to its second victory of the season. Given that Orlando is likely to keep Durant (22 points vs. Spurs) and Westbrook (game-high 33 points and 10 assists vs. Spurs) heavily guarded, the likes of Dion Waiters and Serge Ibaka will need to get into a scoring mood to help alleviate pressure from their two All-Stars. Unlike OKC’s Billy Donovan who got his managerial era to a winning start, Orlando’s new head coach Scott Skiles couldn’t provide magic to his team, falling to a heartbreaking 88-87 loss to Washington at the Amway Center, thanks to a John Wall floater with 12.7 seconds remaining on the clock. That said, Orlando showed a lot of fighting spirit in that loss, led by Elfrid Payton, who nearly had a triple-double by finishing the game with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. If the offense can increase its field goal conversion rate (which was dismally at 37 percent against the Wizards), and the defense takes advantage of OKC’s turnover-prone game (they had 19 giveaways against Spurs), then an upset or even a cover of the spread could be possible for Orlando.
Key Betting Trends
- The Thunder are 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorites.
- Orlando is 2-8 SU and 4-6 ATS in its previous 10 games as the underdogs.
BROOKLYN AT SAN ANTONIO NBA Game Information and OddsTime: 3:30 AM AST TV: CNSW/FSWI NBA Odds and Lines: San Antonio (-14), OVER/UNDER: 203.5 LaMarcus Aldridge did make his much-anticipated debut for the Spurs in the opener against OKC, and Kawhi Leonard proved that he could be on the running for the season’s MVP race, scoring a career-high 32 points and tallying eight rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Spurs in one of the most well-rounded games of his career, but San Antonio could not finish off the game. In main, San Antonio suffered because of a dismal showing from veterans Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, who struggled against the pacey Thunder team. If they are to avoid a similar predicament tonight and record their 13th straight home win against Brooklyn tonight, a better performance will be required from the veterans and Aldridge, who didn’t feature much on both ends of the field like he usually does. For the Nets, allowing six Chicago players to score in double-figures in the 115-100 home loss to the Bulls on Wednesday is something they’ll need correct, both offensively and defensively. Unfortunately, with a 12-game losing streak in San Antonio, and just 5 wins in their last 45 trips to the AT&T Center, it doesn’t look Brook Lopez and Andrea Bargnani will be doing any better than they did at home against Chicago, unless Jarrett Jack lights it up after missing the season opener.
Key Betting Trends
- The Nets are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games against Western Conference teams
- The Spurs are 5-0 ATS in their last five games vs. Eastern Conference teams.
- In their 12-game winning streak over Brooklyn at home, the Spurs have won by an average of 14.5 points per game
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio’s last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Brooklyn’s last 7 games when playing San Antonio
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Antonio’s last 8 games when playing at home against Brooklyn