Cleveland Cavaliers (27-18) at San Antonio Spurs (30-18)
Last night was a brutal way to lose. We backed the Milwaukee Bucks at home against the Phoenix Suns. The game was a competitive one most of the way, but Milwaukee was covering at 105-100 with just twenty-four seconds remaining.
The last couple of possessions didn’t go our way as the Suns hit a couple of improbable shots and we ended up losing by a point. So many of these NBA bets come down to the last possession or two and which team can hit its late shots and free throws.
I liked our side all afternoon long until there were just seconds left on the clock, but we just didn’t get the bounces to go our way in the end. A frustrating way to lose, but we will move on knowing we were likely on the right side. Today I will focus on the matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will take their imploding team on the road to play against the Spurs in San Antonio Tuesday night. To say the Cavs are struggling at the moment would be quite the understatement. The Cavs are in freefall right now and seem to be coming apart at the seams as they have lost ten of their last fourteen games.
The Spurs are struggling a little bit themselves after dropping a rare home game to the Pacers in their last game and have lost four out of their last six. The Cavaliers are -2-point road favorites. The game total over-under is set at 211.5 points. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM PST from the AT&T Center.
If you have been reading my daily picks over the course of the last couple of weeks, you know exactly how I feel about the Cleveland Cavaliers right now. If you haven’t, I’ll get you caught up. They stink. The Isaiah Thomas experiment has blown up spectacularly in their face, and the Cavs went from being the favorite in the Eastern Conference to a free fall down the standings.
Thomas thinks he is Allen Iverson and is keeping the ball out of Lebron James’s hands, and it is killing the Cavs. The Cavs won eighteen of nineteen games before activating Thomas from the disabled list. Since the ball heavy point guard has been activated? The Cavs are just 4-10. And those four wins weren’t even good ones as they barely snuck past the NBA’s worst team the Orlando Magic twice and beat a bad Blazers team and a last-place Bulls squad.
It has been an unmitigated disaster for Cleveland, and all the talk in the media is negative. When Lebron was asked last week if head coach Tyrone Lue was going to get fired he responded back with I don’t know. That’s not a good sign.
We know that Lebron is not so secretly running the Cavs front office and when he didn’t take the chance to back up his coach, you know things are going bad. They had a player’s only meeting last week to call out Kevin Love amongst others for faking injuries and taking nights off. Once the team starts fighting with itself, it is the beginning of the end.
This feels like the end of Shaq-Kobe in Los Angeles where it blew up, and the team was forced to start over. Things are going poorly, and I see it ending badly for the Cavs this season. Will it be enough to run King James out of town? For Cleveland’s sake I hope not, but at this point, you never know. They will play on the road tonight against the best home team in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs.
The San Antonio Spurs have always been a great home team over the last twenty years or so under head coach Greg Popovich. They are banged up at the moment with Manu Ginobili out and Pau Gasol day to day, and Kawhi Leonard possible done for the year, but they still hold the league’s best record at home. It was shocking when they dropped a home game last week to the Indiana Pacers, and I am just as shocked to see them as home underdogs tonight.
Maybe I am the only one that is seeing what is going on in Cleveland, or maybe I am the only one not overreacting to the Spurs losing one game at home last week. Whatever the case may be, I am shocked to see the Cavs as road favorites tonight in San Antonio. Cleveland has not shown any ability to win against quality teams at all since Thomas has joined the rotation.
In fact, they have gotten completely blown out several times in the last two weeks. Losses to the Thunder by 24, to the Raptors by 34, and the Timberwolves by 28, have shown that Cleveland is clearly not giving a full effort and have no interest in beating good teams right now.
I have been looking for as many spots as I can to fade Cleveland since Thomas has joined the club, and it has been VERY profitable to do so. I am going to stick with that trend today and back the best home team in the league, the Spurs, somehow getting points at home.
Maybe Cleveland will get its act together and stomp the short-handed Spurs team. Maybe they will get in a fight in the locker room and on the sidelines and lose by 25. But I am backing the home team and taking the points tonight.
Give me the Spurs +2 points at home.