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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Oklahoma City Thunder 02/05/20 NBA Betting Odds and Picks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on February 5, 2020.

Cleveland heads to OKC with just one win their last 12 games played. The Cavs have lost four in a row and it will be interesting to see what the team is going to do during Thursday’s trade deadline. Cleveland is in rebuilding mode and veteran mainstays Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are rumored to be on the move. The Thunder were supposed to be a rebuilding team this season but they have surprised the experts by being one of the playoff teams in the West. Chris Paul is having a resurgent season while newcomers Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are having terrific seasons.

Four-Game Losing Streak

The Cleveland Cavaliers head to Oklahoma City with a four-game losing streak. The Cavs have dropped 11 out of their last 12 games played and they are fresh off a 134-139 loss to the New York Knicks in overtime last Monday night. Cleveland is in the bottom of the Eastern Conference, 30 games behind the leaders Milwaukee Bucks.

That game could’ve been the last home game for forward Kevin Love who asked to be traded earlier this season. Love has been the subject of trade rumors heading to Thursday’s trade deadline. He scored a season-high 33 points against the Knicks. Tristan Thompson, another player who has been linked to trade rumors, missed the game with a quad injury.

The Cavs rank 26th in the league in scoring at 106.1 points per game. They are 20th in rebounding at 44.2 boards grabbed per contest and are 27th in passing at 22.1 assists per game. Cleveland has the 6th worst scoring defense in the league as they are allowing their opponents to score an average of 115.0 points per game this season.

Moneyline Odds:

  • Cavaliers (+700) | Thunder (-1100)
  • Odds from SportsBetting as of 02/05/20

Impressive Since Thanksgiving Day

The Oklahoma City Thunder head home after a comeback win over the Suns in Phoenix last Friday night. The Thunder are now 30-20 SU on the season and they are an impressive 24-9 SU since Thanksgiving Day, thanks mainly to veteran PG Chris Paul who was recently named to his first All-Star selection in four years.

The 34-year old Paul had another stellar game against the Suns as he put up 20 points and 10 assists. Danilo Gallinari led the Thunder with 27 points while Dennis Schroder scored 24 points off the OKC bench. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot just 5-16 from the field and scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Oklahoma City is 17th overall in scoring at 110.5 points per game this season. They are 23rd off the boards with 43.4 rebounds per game and OKC is also 25th in passing at 22.2 assists per game. The Thunder rank 11th in scoring defense at 107.9 points per game allowed this season.

Who Wins?

Cleveland is 1-11 SU in their last 12 games played. The Cavs are 1-2 SU in their last three games played at home, and 0-5 SU in their last five games against the Western Conference. Oklahoma City is 7-1 SU in their last eight games played. The Thunder are 2-3 SU in their last five games played at home, and 12-6 SU in their last 18 games against the Central Division.

There are plenty of rumors around the Cavaliers organization with the trade deadline nearing. Kevin Love is still reportedly eyeing to be traded while Tristan Thompson is also said to be in the trading block. The Cavs are tied for last place in the Eastern Conference heading to Wednesday’s games.

The Thunder made plenty of moves during the offseason. They shipped out Russell Westbrook and Paul George but instead of seeing a rebuild, they are in playoff position right now and are one of the elite teams in the Western Conference. The Thunder beat the Cavs by 15 points in their first meeting of the season.

OKC heads to this game with seven wins in their last eight games played. Meanwhile, Cleveland has lost 11 out of its last 12 games played. Terence Ferguson is expected to play in this game after missing 8 straight games. Meanwhile, Tristan Thompson is uncertain to play here after he missed the Cavs’ last game with a quad injury. All signs point to a Thunder win here.

ODDS-1100

MY PICK:
Oklahoma City Thunder

Other Bets to Make

The Cavs are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games played. Cleveland is 3-0 ATS in their last three games played on the road, and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games played against the Northwest Division. The Thunder are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games played. Oklahoma City is 2-3 ATS in their last five home games, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against the Eastern Conference. Head to head, the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last six games played against the Cavaliers.

Spread Odds:

  • Cavaliers +12.5 (-110) | Thunder -12.5 (-110)
  • Odds from SportsBetting as of 02/05/20

The Thunder have outscored the Cavs by an average of 13.67 points per game in their last three meetings and won their first meeting of the season by 15 points. Cleveland has a pretty bad offense. Add their off-court issues and match them up against a tough defending Thunder team and you have a recipe for another blowout. I like the Thunder to cover the spread on their home floor.

ODDS-110

MY PICK:
Thunder -12.5

The total has gone over in each of the last seven games played by the Cavaliers. The over is 4-1 in their last five games played on the road. The total has gone over in eight out of the last 12 games played by the Thunder. The over is 5-1 in the Thunder’s last six games played at home. Head to head, the total has gone over in four out of the last six games between the Cavs and Thunder. However, the under is 6-3 in their last nine games played at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Over/Under Odds:

  • Over 221 (-110) | Under 221 (-110)
  • Odds from SportsBetting as of 02/05/20

Both these teams play a slow-paced game and that’s the reason why both are in the bottom half of the league in scoring. These teams are also in the bottom half of the NBA in three-point shooting percentage so I don’t expect them to score too many points here. OKC has not given up more than 107 points in their last four outings so the Cavs are going to have a problem here. I like these teams to play to the under in this game.

ODDS-110

MY PICK:
Over 221