The San Antonio Spurs (5-29) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-15) on Sunday, January 7th. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavaliers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Spurs are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wizards. Tip-off is set for 1:00 ET.
Spurs vs Cavaliers
The Spurs Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Devin Vassell scored 34 for San Antonio against the Bucks which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 48.4%. Victor Wembanyama finished 2nd on the team with 27 points, but San Antonio ended the game with a 125-121 loss.
So far this season, the Spurs are 5-29 overall and are looking to snap their four-game losing streak against the Cavaliers. When it comes to Western Conference opponents, the Spurs are 5-19 and are 0-10 in non-conference games.
The Spurs have successfully covered the spread in their last two games and hold an overall ATS record of 14-20. On the road, the Spurs have an ATS record of 7-10 compared to a 7-10 record vs. the spread at home.
The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win
The Cavaliers’ most recent game versus the Wizards saw Donovan Mitchell lead the Cavaliers with 26 points while shooting 8/15 from the field. As the Cavaliers secured the victory with a final score of 114-90, Georges Niang also chipped in with 14 points.
Coming into today’s game against the Spurs, the Cavaliers are 20-15 overall and 2-1 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently 8th and are 3rd in the Central division.
Cleveland has an overall ATS record of 17-16 as they come into today’s game. On the road, the Cavaliers have an ATS record of 8-6 compared to a 9-10 record vs. the spread at home.
Spurs Offense Breakdown
The Spurs come into today’s game as the 26th ranked scoring offense at 111.2 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.7 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as San Antonio is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 102.4 possessions per game.
Cavaliers Offense Breakdown
Through 35 games games, Cleveland is averaging 113.1 points per game (21st). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Cavaliers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.1 per contest. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 13th in fields goals made per contest.
Spurs Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 122.9 points per game (27th). San Antonio’s defense is currently forcing 14.9 turnovers per game, which is 28th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 8th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.9 rejections per game.
Cavaliers Team Defense
Cleveland’s defense has been playing well, ranking 6th in the NBA with 111.4 points allowed per game. Inside the arc, the Cavaliers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 52.5% and 35.6% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Spurs And Cavaliers
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Keldon Johnson as the primary point contributor for the Spurs, finishing with 19 points while maintaining a 7/15 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 17.5 points per game along with 6.4 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Donovan Mitchell to be the top scorer for the Cavaliers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 28, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 45.7% and is averaging 27.6 points per contest.
Spurs vs Cavaliers Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, San Antonio has an ATS record of 2-3 while averaging 111 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, Cleveland has an ATS record of 6-2-2 while averaging 110 per game. The team went 6-4 overall in these games.
- As the betting underdog, the Spurs have an ATS mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. San Antonio posted a straight up mark of 1-9 in these matchups.
- Cleveland has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games.
In this Spurs vs. Cavaliers matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Spurs at +10. While we project the Cavaliers to win 112-106, our recommendation is to bet on the Spurs for the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 234.5 and our model has the Spurs and Cavaliers finishing with a combined 218 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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