Are the Cavs an Easy Sportsbook Pick over the Suns?
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
After receiving an online betting NBA beating from the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare to face off against one of the worst teams in the league. Going from competing against the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference to facing the last ranked team in the West is a little humorous, but if the Cavs underestimate the Suns then Phoenix will surely deliver Cleveland’s 4th loss in 5 games. While that may be true, it would still be foolish to expect the fans who bet on NBA to actually pick the Suns over King James’ squad. Either way, let’s take a look at what sportsbooks have to say about the pairing between the Eastern Conference’s top seed and the West’s 15th seed.
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Cleveland Cavaliers -12½ (-110) 219 (-110) -850
Phoenix Suns +12½ (-110) 219 (-110) +575
No bombshells here, the Cavs are coming into this contest as the online betting NBA favorite. As previously stated, Cleveland has recently hit a rough patch in their schedule and hasn’t exactly been able to persevere. Thursday night’s contest against the Suns will mark Cleveland’s first home game since facing the Bulls on January 4th. That makes 2 straight weeks that the Cavs have had to play on the road. During that span Cleveland had to fly all over the country and there’s no doubt that the jetlag and the incessant traveling played a part in the 4 losses the Cavs suffered in that stint. The Cavaliers will come into this contest with a 29-11 record including an 18-3 home record.
The Suns, who have a pitiable 13-28 record, will be looking to making some headway into making this season a turnaround. It’s been three years since Phoenix has delivered a winning season and it doesn’t look like that slump is going to be broken anytime soon. Jeff Hornacek was fired a little past last season’s halfway point and Earl Watson, a former NBA player and then assistant coach, was promoted to interim head coach. This season marked Watson’s first as a full time head coach and it hasn’t been as productive as Watson would’ve liked. Given the Suns’ track record for impatience with their head coaches (they fired Hornacek after 2 ½ seasons) Watson better hope he can turn this ship around lest risk being fired. The sportsbook odds don’t think he can get it done, and it’s unlikely that the turnaround would begin against a team as good as the Cavs.
This contest will mark the second time the Suns are facing the Cavs this season – this January actually – with the first time being earlier this month. The Cavs ended up winning that round 120-116. The Suns may have lost that game but since they only lost by 4 the team should feel fairly confident about their chances this time around. Both teams are coming off a loss and are starting to become desperate for a pick-me-up. Given how close their last contest has, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see the heated Suns deliver an online betting NBA upset Thursday night.