Under the leadership of Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio Spurs have won five NBA titles. Popovich made the Spurs are a perennial NBA betting odds favorite. But since their last championship in 2013 the Spurs have been in decline. They are still good but their best days have passed. San Antonio is paying the price for their past dominance. Parity and the NBA Draft have finally worked against them. A championship caliber defense is still a Spurs asset. However, they lack the offensive depth to make a realistic playoff run. On Sunday San Antonio is at Cleveland.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Date and Time: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Betting Online Odds:
Spurs vs. Cavaliers TV Coverage: ABC
In the effort to jumpstart their season Cleveland made several recent trades. While garnering plenty of headlines they also improved with the NBA Betting Odds. As a result of the roster remake Cleveland won and covered the four games that followed. Debate remains about their championship ability. In 2016 they miraculously rose from 3-1 down to upset Golden State in the Finals. Last year they were routed in dominant fashion. Hence the questions about whether LeBron James and the Cavs are true contenders.
Betting value has been a major problem for the Cavs. Most of all bothering gamblers is a home mark of 6-20-1 vs. the line. Overall Cleveland has paid in just 18 of 56 games. Defense has been a big part of the drain of red ink. While ranking fifth best in the NBA on offense they rank 27th on defense. That offset of firepower is a bad post season omen.
Opposite Cleveland’s issues are San Antonio’s stark differences. Offensively the Spurs rank 27th in the NBA compared to first on defense. While defense is a key championship element it can’t stand alone. Hence at some point a true contender must supply an element of offense. Consequently, San Antonio is not taken seriously as a NBA title contender. Due to the Golden State Warriors becoming dominant in the West anyone else looks like a long shot.
Head to head San Antonio Spurs rates a recently favorable sportsbook review against Cleveland. The Spurs have paid out in three straight games against the Cavaliers. Over the total has paid out in three of the last four meetings in this series. Cleveland has been a poor betting value at home against San Antonio. In their last eight visits to Quicken Loans Arena the Spurs paid out six times. Five out of the last seven between the Cavs and Spurs at Cleveland went over the number.
Matchup to Watch
Few matchups with the NBA Betting Odds could offer such a stark contrast. Both teams are one dimensional. Defensively oriented teams often bring good road betting value. Conversely popular name brand home teams do not. In addition, not many teams drown gamblers in red ink like the Cavs. Especially relevant is their terrible value at Quicken Loans Arena.
Spurs vs. Cavaliers NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Commissioner Adam Silver has to love this high profile matchup on ABC. Gambler should like the Spurs ability to clamp down the Cavs offense. San Antonio is the call!
NBA Betting Online Pick: San Antonio Spurs
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Spurs 94, Cavs 90