As a perennial favorite with the NBA Finals betting odds the Cleveland Cavaliers epitomize a name brand. And with so much public acclaim Cleveland’s wagering value has become a big problem. Despite having LeBron James and two straight Finals berths Cleveland gushes red ink. They are simply too expensive to be of any consistent value. Conversely the Philadelphia 76ers have been a surprise contender in the Eastern Conference. Yet they continue to have so little public betting attraction. All Star center Joel Embiid has been the foundation of newfound Sixer success.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Date and Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|76ers||+3 (-110)||222 (-110)|
|Cavaliers||-3 (-110)||222 (-110)|
76ers vs. Cavaliers TV Coverage: TNT
Could it be that the long grind of the 82 game season is catching up with Philadelphia? Sure, the 76ers are not a NBA Finals betting odds favorite but they are currently in a playoff spot. Yet in their last five games the Sixers have gotten the money just once. Additionally, Philly has paid out in just 13 of 30 away games. Under the total has paid in five of the Sixers last eight games. Recently they lost back to back away games at Washington and Miami.
On the positive center Joel Embiid is coming off his first All Star Game. Embiid leads the Sixers with 24 points per game. In the loss at Miami in their last game Embiid had 23 points and eight rebounds. Consequently, Embiid has proven to be the key to the bright future of Philadelphia. General manager Bryan Colangelo has provided a blueprint that will lead to success.
Cleveland has enjoyed a slight uptick in their betting value. Most noteworthy is that the Cavs have paid out in five of their last eight games. Under the total has paid in three of their last four games. However, the Cavs are coming off a 129-123 win as ten point home overlays against Brooklyn. LeBron James is carrying the load for Cleveland as expected. Especially relevant is King James’ 27 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds per game. Due to a NBA ranking of 26th defense remains a long term concern.
Team vs. Team
Head to head Cleveland has three straight sportsbook payouts against the Sixers. Five of the last seven in this series have gone under the total. Quicken Loans Arena has given the Cavs a home court advantage. Philadelphia has failed to get the cash in three straight visits to Cleveland. Under the total has paid in five of the last seven in this series at Quicken.
Matchup to Watch
Surprisingly enough this matchup could bring rare value to the Cavaliers. As a big favorite with the NBA Finals Betting Odds bargains are rare for Cleveland. Road betting value has not been a strength of the Sixers. Cleveland has not been a hospitable host to the 76ers. Hence the Cavs merit serious consideration. Additionally, this is the final leg of a four game road trip for the Sixers.
76ers vs. Cavaliers NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Public teams are usually something to loathe and avoid. Not this time. In conclusion this game sets up favorably for Cleveland.