The Cavaliers are the one team that Portland has had a really hard time against lately, as Cleveland has won the last five NBA betting meetings.
Basketball betting has Cleveland playing the second game of a five-game road trip. The Cavaliers won 104-99 earlier this season against the Trail Blazers and that was the fifth straight win in the series. It is the longest current win streak any team in the NBA has against Portland. The Cavaliers are the only team in the league to sweep the Blazers in each of the last two basketball betting seasons. Overall, the Cavaliers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the teams. They are 6-4 against the NBA betting odds in those games. Cleveland has won three of the last five at Portland including the last two. The last three games in this series have gone over the basketball betting total including last year’s matchup in Portland that Cleveland won 104-98. That is somewhat surprising considering both teams have solid defenses.
Cleveland has been far better against the basketball betting pointspread on the road than at home. The Cavaliers have a losing record at home in NBA betting but on the road they have been very good. The Cavaliers usually win in basketball betting with defense and LeBron James. Cleveland’s defense is 3rd in the league as basketball betting stats show, and LeBron pours in more than 28 points per game. The Cavaliers are running away with the Central Division this season but Cleveland is playing for the top record in the Eastern Conference so they rarely have letdown games in basketball betting. They don’t figure to be flat here in basketball betting against a Portland team that is normally tough at home.
Portland used to be almost a sure thing at home in basketball betting but not this season. The Blazers still have a winning record straight up at home but they have a losing record vs. the NBA betting line. The Blazers are right behind the Cavaliers in defense as they rank 4th but their offense is weak, ranking 24th in the league. If Brandon Roy doesn’t have a big game, the Blazers can struggle to win and cover the basketball betting odds.