The Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs dance at the AT&T Center on Friday night. Cleveland is currently on a long six-game road trip. They haven’t been home since a 110-106 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on January 4.
It wasn’t that bad looking back on that loss, considering what the Grizzlies have been doing recently. It was an “acceptable” loss for the Cavaliers against a scorching hot Memphis team. It was a game that could have gone in either direction.
Friday night hoops in Texas!
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) January 14, 2022
Since the loss, the Cavaliers have won three of four games, with a 96-82 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Bay Area. The Cavaliers like to play tight defense, but the Warriors are better at that game this season. That isn’t a knock against the Cavaliers, they are still a very good defense.
Following the loss, the Cavaliers bounced the Kings, 109-108, and then a 111-91 win over the Utah Jazz most recently on Wednesday. They took full advantage of no Rudy Gobert on the floor. Do you think that Gobert deserves his contract now?
The Cavaliers would be going to the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. They would avoid the play-in tournament in sixth. Entering Texas on Friday, the Cavs carry a record of 24-18 into this one.
San Antonio has talent, but they can’t put it all together. Gregg Popovich has been known for having his squads play like a team, though it’s been Dejounte Murray or nothing for the Spurs this season. They are going into tonight with a record of 15-26 and losses in eight of their last nine outings.
Dejounte Murray over the last 5 Games:
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 14, 2022
Their most recent loss might have hurt the most, as the Houston Rockets edged away for a 128-124 win on Wednesday. Eric Gordon was too much for the Spurs to keep up with, as he poured in 31 points in the win.
Murray carried the weight with a triple-double, 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, but he had little help, especially on the defensive floor.
Head below for our free Cavaliers vs. Spurs prediction on January 14, 2022.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Cleveland Cavaliers||-3.5 (-110)||-160||Over 220 (-110)|
|San Antonio Spurs||+3.5 (-110)||+140||Under 220 (-110)|
|Team Data||Cleveland Cavaliers||San Antonio Spurs|
|Points Per Game||107.3||110.8|
|Points Against Per Game||102.2||111.3|
|Field Goal %||46.5||46.2|
|Three Point %||35.2||35.3|
Cavaliers vs. Spurs Prediction:
The Spurs have been without Derrick White over the last four games. He’s a valuable member of the Spurs’ starting lineup, and his presence has been missed greatly.
White does a little of everything for the Spurs. Without him on the floor, they are absent his 14.5 points and 5.5 assists per game. His biggest asset is being a physical defensive guard.
The defense hasn’t been that special for the Spurs to begin with, and no White hurts even more. San Antonio is 24th with 111.3 points against per game.
Opponents are shooting a healthy 46.4% versus the Spurs this season. Without White through the Spurs’ last four attempts, the Spurs have conceded 119.75 points per game. He is listed as questionable tonight.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends:
- 21-5 ATS in their previous 26 games after covering the spread
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games versus a team with a winning percentage worse than 40%
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games on a Friday
- 4-2 ATS in their previous six games versus the Spurs
- 12-6 ATS in their previous 18 games versus the Western Conference
- 2-6 ATS in their previous eight games
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games after a loss
- 2-6 ATS in their previous eight games in January
- 1-8 overall in their previous nine games
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games versus the Eastern Conference
The Spurs have to find some defense tonight, or the Cavaliers will grind away to a win. Cleveland is the second-best defense in the NBA, with 102.2 points allowed per game. They’ve held teams to a 44% field goal percentage and 33.6% from three.
Through their last five games, the Cavs have held their opponents to 101.2 points against per game. Conversely, the Spurs have conceded 115.2 points per game during that time.
Containing Murray isn’t easy, but the Spurs need somebody to step up against a stingy Cleveland defense. However, the Cavaliers should find room to score on the Spurs’ leaky defense tonight.
Derrick White is more valuable to the Spurs than most people let on. His absence should hurt for another night in San Antonio. I like the Cavaliers to pull away and stay there on Friday night.