The San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers both got blown out recently by the Golden State Warriors, and that might be an indication as to how far each of them has to go in order to dethrone the defending NBA champions. Neither one of them wants to go through that kind of humiliation again, and they meet up on Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in NBA betting action that begins at 8:40 PM ET. After the opening tip, BetAnySports customers can take advantage of the opportunity to place wagers while the game is in progress, through the considerable facilities of Live Betting Extra.
San Antonio has almost been able to keep up with the blistering pace of the Warriors in the Western Conference. They currently hold a record of 39-7 straight-up and 31-15 against the basketball pointspread. Cleveland leads the Eastern Conference with a 33-12 straight-up record. They have not done so well against the number, going 21-23-1 ATS.
And of course, the Cavaliers have been through a coaching change, as politics internally may have played a part in David Blatt losing his job and being replaced by assistant Tyronn Lue, who will also coach the East All-Stars in Blatt’s place.
The Spurs, meanwhile, are an organization known for its stability, and coach Gregg Popovich was outspoken about the injustice involved in Blatt’s firing.
In the NBA betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Spurs are laying points on the road:
San Antonio Spurs -2
Cleveland Cavaliers +2
Over 205 points -110
Under 205 points -110
This is a relatively quick turnaround for these teams who met up on January 14 in San Antonio, and the Cavaliers blew a 15-point first-quarter lead and committed 17 turnovers as the Spurs won by a score of 99-95. The San Antonio bench played a key role in the game, outscoring Cleveland’s reserves 35-12, and the Cavs went to the free-throw line only 11 times. With all of this, San Antonio still did not cover as a home favorite.
BetAnySports patrons like to follow technical trends are well aware that it when it comes to the number, the Spurs are much more successful as a road favorite, posting a 13-6 ATS mark. In this particular game, they also have the scheduling advantage, as they have experienced two days off, while Cleveland played last night and defeated the Detroit Pistons.
In San Antonio’s last outing, they blew away the Houston Rockets by a 130-99 score, posting the highest point total of the season behind 55.6% shooting. That was how they responded to their blowout loss at Golden State, in which they were not really competitive at all in the 120-90 defeat.
Lue wants to push the tempo in Cleveland, and he is looking for point guard Kyrie Irving to “attack” more. Irving had 28 points against the Pistons last night, and he was joined by Kevin Love, who had 29. Lebron James narrowly missed a triple-double, with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
San Antonio will be missing an important inside defensive presence for the third straight game, as Tim Duncan sits out with knee issues.
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