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Cavaliers vs Spurs NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs
  • Where: San Antonio at AT&T Center
  • Date: Monday, December 12th
  • Betting Odds SA +6, CLE -238 | SA +194 O/U 223.5

So far, the Cavaliers have put together an overall record of 17-10, while going 16-10-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Cleveland is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.

The Cavaliers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Thunder by a score of 110-102. Heading into the game, they were 4 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Cleveland played well enough in the second half to prevent the Thunder from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 13 going into halftime. In the win, Caris LeVert led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 40.9%.

So far, the Spurs have put together an overall record of 8-18, while going 11-15-0 vs the spread. Against the Cavaliers, the Spurs are looking to add to their current 2 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 6.5.

San Antonio is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Heat at home. With the 115-111 victory, they also covered the spread as 12 point underdogs. This was a highly contested matchup, as San Antonio was not able to extend their lead in the second half as they went into halftime with a 2 point lead. In the win, Keldon Johnson led the team in scoring with 21 points on a field goal percentage of 46.7%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In last year’s 2 head-to-head meetings, the Cavaliers came out on top in both games. Cleveland won by scores of 114-109 and 114-105. Similar to their season-long average, the Cavaliers averaged 109.5 points per game vs the Spurs. While the Cavaliers were able to maintain their usual level of production against San Antonio, the Spurs averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 100.5. The Cavaliers have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 8 points per game. Cleveland and San Antonio averaged a combined 226 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

This season, the Cleveland offense is ranked 21st in the NBA in scoring at 110.9 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.9 made 3’s per game. If Cleveland continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 29th in the league in possessions per game.

Defensively, the Cavaliers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 105.67 points per contest (5th).

One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Donovan Mitchell, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Mitchell leads the team in scoring at 29.0 points per game while Garland is 2nd at 21.6. For the season, Mitchell is 17th in the NBA in usage rate and 26th in player efficiency. Behind him, Garland has taken 19.9% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 43.1%.

Through 26 games, the Spurs are averaging 110.0 points per contest, placing them 25th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. Not only is the San Antonio offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 30th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.

Against the Cavaliers, the Spurs will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 23rd in points allowed.

On offense, Keldon Johnson leads the Spurs in scoring at 20.9 points per game, placing him 41st in the NBA. Overall, Johnson has hit 40.8% of his shots while accounting for 20.0% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 24th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 20.4 points per game, Devin Vassell is the 2nd leading scorer for the Spurs. For the season, he is 83rd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.0%.

Cavaliers vs Spurs Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Spurs +6
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 223.5