Cavs Open as Online NBA Betting UnderdogsPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
Online NBA betting fans, more often than not, consider the NBA to be considerably more predictable than other sports leagues like the NFL or the NHL. Usually, before the season starts, bettors have a pretty good idea of which teams will be the most dangerous competitors, and which teams have a poor chance of making the postseason. Generally speaking, these intuitions generally turn out to be true, with the NBA’s playoff picture often reflecting the general consensus of the sportsbook community.
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However, heading into this year’s postseason, those who bet on NBA basketball are beginning to seriously doubt Cleveland’s title chances. The Cavaliers, who entered the season as the reigning champions, were considered a shoo-in for this year’s title match, with many expecting them and Golden State to have to face each other once more.
But, in early January, this team began to display the kinks in their armor. The Cavs are too top heavy, and unwillingness from the organization to keep handing out buckets of money has assured that the Cavs don’t have superstar depth. Cleveland has once again begun to demonstrate their shortcomings, so much so that they’re now in jeopardy of losing the lead in the East. The Cavs will try to jump back on the horse Monday night when they face off against the second-best team in the West, the San Antonio Spurs.
Cleveland vs. San Antonio – Monday, March 27th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Online NBA Betting Odds:
Cleveland Cavaliers +5 (-110) 211 ½ (-110) +170
San Antonio Spurs -5 (-110) 211 ½ (-110) -200
Even accounting for their recent woes, the Cavs come into this matchup with a 47-25 record that looks much worse on the road (19-17). Cleveland has gone 2-3 in their last 5 contests and will be looking for a much better performance as we enter the final stretch of the season.
To help lead them over the Spurs, the Cavs will turn to none other King James. James is currently draining 26.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists per game. Second in points for Cleveland is Kyrie Irving who is averaging 25.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per contest.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs come into Monday night’s matchup sporting a 56-16 record that includes a 28-7 performance on home court. San Antonio has won their last four games consecutively, and will be looking to keep that streak alive against the East’s top-seed. The Spurs are currently 3-games behind conference-leading Golden State. San Antonio is well on their way to qualifying for the postseason for the 20th straight year; the longest streak in the NBA.
The Spurs open as heavy online NBA betting favorites over Cleveland and will be looking for a strong performance from Kawhi Leonard. Leonard is currently leading San Antonio in points with his average of 26.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per matchup. Second in points for the Spurs is LaMarcus Aldridge who is putting up 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per outing.