LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are known for their elite championship caliber with everyone betting on NBA games. But King James and the Cavs are paying a steep price for their fame and success. Cleveland is one of the absolute worst betting values in any sport on the board. The San Antonio Spurs are also a team synonymous with championship basketball but they have been able to maintain good betting value, especially at home. The Spurs host the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Cavaliers vs. Spurs TV Coverage: TNT
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Cavaliers -1 (-110) 208½ (-110) -118
Spurs +1 (-110) 208½ (-110) -102
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a Betting on NBA Games record of 27-18 straight up but just 12-32-1 against the spread. Their betting value continues to be an outright abomination. The Cavs have come away with the money in just nine out of 23 away games. Worse yet they have failed to bring home the cash in their last eight consecutive games. The team has gone under the total in three out of their last four games.
Cleveland is coming off a stink bomb 124-148 home loss to Oklahoma City. Kevin Love saw limited action and is questionable for this one due to an undisclosed illness. Cleveland is ranked fifth in the NBA for scoring offense. The Cavaliers offensive production is offset by a bad defense that ranks 26th in the NBA. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 26.8 points per game.
The San Antonio Spurs are 30-18 straight up and 25-21-2 against the spread. The Spurs have been a strong betting value at home with a mark of 15-6-1 against the spread. San Antonio has covered the spread in two out of their last three games. The Spurs are coming off a 94-86 home loss to the Indiana Pacers. The loss was the sixth consecutive game in which the Spurs went under the total. San Antonio ranks just 28th in the NBA for scoring offense. The Spurs offset that weak offense with the top ranked defense in the NBA. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the Spurs with 22.3 points per game. Aldridge also leads the Spurs in rebounds with 8.7 per game.
Team vs Team
The Spurs have come away with the cash in five out of their last eight games against the Cavs. San Antonio and Cleveland have gone over the total in 11 out of their last 15 meetings. San Antonio has had the sportsbook advantage at AT&T Center against the Cavaliers. The Spurs have paid out in three out of their last five home games against the Cavaliers. The Spurs and Cavs have gone under the total in their last two meetings in San Antonio.
Matchup to Watch
This game offers a stark contrast for Betting on NBA Games. The Spurs lack of high octane offense is offset by a suffocating elite defense. Cleveland is a poor defensive team. That is countered by the fact that Cleveland is among the highest scoring teams in the NBA.
Cavaliers vs. Spurs NBA games Betting Odds Picks
San Antonio has the defense, home court, and proven value against Cleveland to get the money in this one.
NBA Betting Online Pick: San Antonio Spurs -2
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Spurs 91, Cavs 85