The Oklahoma City Thunder (40-14) hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers (38-14) on Sunday afternoon in a battle between one of the best in the West and one of the best in the East. The game takes place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 pm ET on ABC.
The Thunder are better at home ATS than they are on the road. They won 7 out of their last 8. The last time that these 2 teams played, they combined for 204 points.
A Closer Look At How To Bet the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Hoops Odds
The NBA betting odds favor Oklahoma City by 3-points to beat Cleveland. If you are betting the money line then the Cavs pay 130 on 100 while the Thunder pay 100 on 150. The game total is 215.
What: Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder
When: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Tipoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Oklahoma City, OK
Stadium: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -3
Moneyline: Cavs +130 vs Thunder -150
Game Total: 215
Watch: ABC / ESPN 3
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Cleveland vs Oklahoma City
Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers Because…
Cleveland can score with the Thunder. The Cavaliers average 102.9 points per game. That ranks eighth in the NBA. The Cavs shoot 45.7% from the field. That ranks ninth in the NBA. Cleveland is also ranked ninth in the NBA in terms of three-point percentage. Cleveland is good 35.8% of the time from three. The Cavaliers are going to have to really push things on the offensive end. Oklahoma City has 2 gifted playmakers in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. With those 2 guys leading the charge, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are going to have to be at the top of their game on the offensive end to keep pace.
Bet The Oklahoma City Thunder Because…
The Thunder has 2 of the Top 5 players in the NBA on their team. Kevin Durant averages 27.7 points, 7.9 boards and 4.5 assists per game. Russell Westbrook averages 24.1 points, 7.6 boards and 10 assists per game. It’s almost impossible to stop both Durant and Westbrook. One or both are likely to score at will, grab rebounds, and dish assists to each other throughout an entire basketball game. It’s hard to pick your poison because even on a bad day, both players can garner a double-double. Durant routinely gets double-doubles in scoring and rebounds. Westbrook routinely gets double-doubles in scoring and assists. Westbrook can also go for a triple-double on any night.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Cleveland is a good team. The Cavs just traded Anderson Verajao for Channing Frye. Frye is a decent three-point shooter as well as being a solid big man. He won’t help the Cavs against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, though.
The problem that Cleveland has in this game is that OKC forces you to play fast in addition to making you choose which player you want to attempt to stop, Durant or Westbrook. The Thunder defense has improved mightily this season under new coach Billy Donavan. Once a rebound is secure, the pass automatically flies out to a wing man who will push the pace. OKC scored 114 points or more in 7 out of their final 10 games before the All-Star Break. The Thunder averages 110 points per game. That ranks second in the NBA.
OKC is the play. The Thunder has a chance of running LeBron and Co. off their feet.