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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

FinishedTV: BSNChesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City

565Cleveland Cavaliers
566Oklahoma City Thunder

-4 -110
212.5o -115
1 2 3 4
38 27 28 36
38 23 14 27

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Collin Sexton scored 27 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 129-102 win over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

The Cavaliers have won consecutive games for the first time since a four-game winning streak that ended March 1.

The Thunder lost their fifth straight, their longest skid since a six-game losing streak early in the 2014-15 season.

For the second consecutive game, Cleveland came up big coming out of halftime.

The Cavaliers, who put up 43 points in the third quarter in beating San Antonio on Monday, scored the first 11 points of the third on Wednesday en route to doubling up the Thunder 28-14 in the quarter to lead by 18.

Cleveland did it by turning defense into offense, forcing three quick turnovers during the stretch, each time turning on the other end. Oklahoma City missed its first five shots of the quarter.

Darius Garland once again helped get Cleveland going after the break, with a pair of assists during the stretch.

In their last two games, the Cavaliers have outscored their opponents 71-47 in the third.

Taurean Prince added 22 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, while Garland finished with 21 points and five assists. Kevin Love had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Isaiah Hartenstein pulled down 12 boards off the bench.

Cleveland shot 51.1 percent from the field and had 24 points off of 18 Oklahoma City turnovers.

Ty Jerome led the Thunder with a career-high 23 points, going 9 of 16 from the field with five 3-pointers. Theo Maledon had 14 points but was just 6 of 17 from the floor. Moses Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The game got off to a fast start offensively, with the Thunder scoring the game's first seven points. The Cavaliers' offense quickly caught up, however, with the score tied at 38 the teams each scored 38 after the first quarter. Oklahoma City shot 62.5 percent in the quarter.

The Cavaliers' kept up the offensive success, but the Thunder struggled after that, shooting just 44.9 percent for the game.

--Field Level Media

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  • New Orleans L 116 - 109
  • Toronto L 135 - 115
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  • @San Antonio W 125 - 101
  • @Miami L 101 - 115
  • Philadelphia L 114 - 94
  • @Utah L 75 - 114
  • @Sacramento L 98 - 100
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  • @Phoenix L 103 - 140
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Last Meetings

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  • Thunder @ Cavaliers 148-124
  • Cavaliers @ Thunder 109-118
  • Thunder @ Cavaliers 91-107
  • Cavaliers @ Thunder 115-92
  • Thunder @ Cavaliers 100-104

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers3817.691 21-517-12113.9108.5L16-0-4
Brooklyn Nets3718.673 22-715-11118.8114.2L17-0-3
Boston Celtics2926.527 17-1012-16112.4110.4L17-0-3
New York Knicks2927.518 17-1012-17105.6104.3L25-0-5
Toronto Raptors2234.393 12-1510-19112.0111.6L24-0-6
Milwaukee Bucks3420.630 18-816-12119.2112.7L35-0-5
Indiana Pacers2628.481 9-1617-12113.9114.1L15-0-5
Chicago Bulls2232.407 10-1712-15112.2113.6L43-0-7
Cleveland Cavaliers2034.370 11-159-19103.9111.0L23-0-7
Detroit Pistons1639.291 9-167-23107.7111.4L34-0-6

Western Conference

Utah Jazz4114.745 25-316-11117.0107.5L17-0-3
Denver Nuggets3520.636 19-1016-10115.1110.0L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3123.574 16-1215-11114.7114.9L25-0-5
Oklahoma City Thunder2035.364 9-2011-15105.3114.3L81-0-9
Minnesota Timberwolves1442.250 9-195-23110.1118.1L23-0-7
Phoenix Suns3915.722 22-817-7114.8107.7L19-0-1
Los Angeles Clippers3918.684 22-817-10115.0108.2L28-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3421.618 16-1118-10109.8105.6L16-0-4
Golden State Warriors2728.491 17-1010-18112.9113.7L15-0-5
Sacramento Kings2233.400 12-1610-17114.2118.7L82-0-8

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks3025.545 14-1016-15113.3111.2L17-0-3
Miami Heat2827.509 15-1313-14106.2107.5L26-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2727.500 13-1214-15110.2111.3L34-0-6
Washington Wizards2133.389 10-1611-17113.8118.6L15-0-5
Orlando Magic1837.327 10-198-18104.3112.0L63-0-7

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks3024.556 13-1217-12111.4109.7L27-0-3
Memphis Grizzlies2726.509 13-1614-10112.9111.6L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2627.491 12-1714-10110.7112.0L13-0-7
New Orleans Pelicans2530.455 16-149-16114.5114.9L15-0-5
Houston Rockets1441.255 7-207-21108.3114.8L41-0-9

Last Injuries

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • George Hill

    Late April | out

    Hill is likely to miss four weeks after surgery to repair a right thumb sprain.

  • Aleksej Pokusevski

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Pokusevski has sat out the past two contests with right arm soreness, and it is unclear if he will face the Pistons on Friday.

  • Gabriel Deck

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Deck has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games due to a personal matter, and it is uncertain if he will be active against the Pistons on Friday.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    Late April | out

    Gilgeous-Alexander is out of the lineup with right foot planter fasciitis, and he is projected to be out of commission until the end of April.

  • Luguentz Dort

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Dort was held out of the last game due to a sore left shoulder, and it is uncertain if he will play Friday against the Pistons.

  • Josh Hall

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Hall is bothered by knee soreness, and it is unknown if he will be in the lineup on Wednesday versus the Warriors.

  • Josh Hall

    Prob Tues | probable

    Hall was absent from the previous four games due to a concussion, but he is expected to partake in Tuesday's matchup versus the Jazz.

  • Isaiah Roby

    Prob Tues | probable

    Roby has missed the last four games while going through the concussion protocol, but he is likely to suit up against the Jazz on Tuesday.

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Dante Exum

    Late April | out

    Exum is expected to miss one to two months due to a right calf strain.

  • Dylan Windler

    Out indefinitely | out

    Windler is out of the lineup due to left knee soreness, and it is unknown how long he will be idle.

  • Collin Sexton

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Sexton has missed the last two games with a left groin strain, and it is unknown if he will take on the Warriors on Thursday.

  • Damyean Dotson

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Dotson was held out of the last two contests with left knee soreness, and it remains to be seen if he will be active against the Warriors on Thursday.

  • Darius Garland

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Garland was absent from the last game with a right ankle sprain, and it is undetermined if he will suit up for Wednesday's clash with the Hornets.

  • Larry Nance Jr.

    Prob Wed | probable

    Nance Jr. has been sidelined with an illness, but he is expected to line up against the Hornets on Wednesday.

  • Jarrett Allen

    Late April | out

    Allen is out of commission due to a concussion, and he is not expected to rejoin the team until the end of April.

  • Andre Drummond

    Prob Tues | probable

    Drummond is dealing with a left elbow impingement, but it is likely that he will face the Hornets on Tuesday.