The NBA shuts things down on Friday for its annual All-Star break, but there is still plenty of betting action on the board at your favorite online sportsbook this entire week including Tuesday’s doubleheader of games on TNT.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m., TNT)
Cleveland made the most of last Thursday’s NBA trade deadline by completely revamping its roster around LeBron James in an attempt to get the Cavaliers back on track in the quest for another trip to the NBA Finals out of the Eastern Conference. So far so good with a three-game winning streak both straight-up and against the spread in their last three games. The total went OVER in all three contests.
James is still the top dog in Cleveland and he led the way with 24 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in Sunday’s impressive 121-99 road win against Boston as a five-point underdog. George Hill added 12 points and Rodney Hood scored 15 points off the bench to help pace the win. The Cavaliers are fifth in the NBA in scoring with 110.0 points per game and they have put up an average of 128 points in this current three-game run.
The Thunder are battling some consistency issues right now at 2-5 both SU and ATS in their last seven games. The total has stayed UNDER in five of those contests. They did cover as 4.5-point home favorites in Sunday’s 110-92 victory against Memphis after getting completely blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday on the road in a 106-81 loss as slight one-point underdogs.
The cause for concern this Tuesday night is lingering ankle injuries that kept Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony out of Sunday’s contest as two of the top three scorers on this team. In their absence, George Hill led the way with a game-high 33 points. Both players remain listed as questionable in a situation that bears watching when it comes to betting on this game.
Cleveland has won four of the last six meetings both SU and ATS, but the Thunder drew first blood in the season series with a 148-124 victory on Jan. 20 as three-point road underdogs. The total has gone OVER in three of the last five meetings.
San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m. TNT)
The Spurs have lost three of their last four games SU and they have been a nightmare for bettors as well with a 2-5 record ATS in their last seven games. The total went OVER 219 points in Saturday’s 122-105 road loss to Golden State as 10.5-point underdogs and it has gone OVER in seven of their last nine games. San Antonio is 3-1-1 ATS in its last five games on the road.
Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gay remain out of the Spurs’ lineup for the foreseeable future and Tony Parker is questionable for Monday night’s road game against Utah. Filling the void from a scoring standpoint, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson each scored 20 points in a losing effort against the Warriors. San Antonio’s stout defense gave up 120 points to Utah on Feb. 3 before getting burnt for 122 points this past Saturday.
Denver has moved into seventh place in the Western Conference standings at 30-26 SU with a 7-3 record in its last 10 games. With Saturday’s 123-113 win against Phoenix as seven-point road favorites, the Nuggets have covered in five of their last six games and the total has gone OVER in seven of their last nine games. They are 22-7 SU (16-12-1 ATS) at home this season.
The duo of Wilson Chandler (26 points) and Will Barton (25 points) led the way in Saturday’s win with Denver shooting 51.1 percent from the field while connecting on 13-of-29 shots from three-point range. The Nuggets are tied for ninth in the league in scoring with an average of 107.2 PPG, but they fall to 18th in points allowed (106.5).
San Antonio has won the last five meetings SU with a 4-1 edge ATS. The total went OVER 202.5 points on Jan. 30 in the Spurs’ tight 106-104 victory against Denver as seven-point home favorites. It has gone OVER in four of the last six meetings.