The Cleveland Cavaliers (30-20) travel to the Oklahoma City Thunder (23-25) on Friday for a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is scheduled at Paycom Center at 20:00 on Thursday. The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, having won 30 of their 50 matches, while 23 wins out of 48 games have left the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 11th seed in the Western Conference. This is the second and final matchup between these teams in the regular season, with the Cleveland Cavaliers leading the series 1-0.
Oklahoma City Thunder VS Cleveland Cavaliers Betting expert picks
Oklahoma City Thunder VS Cleveland Cavaliers Moneyline
Take the Cleveland Cavaliers to win (1.87) for the win on the moneyline.
The Oklahoma City Thunder may have the home-court advantage for this matchup, but recent history in this series is very much not on their side. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers are favored on the moneyline. A road win is priced at -115, which implies the visitors have a 54% chance of taking the victory and improving their 30-20 record. They have won their past four games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, including their last two visits to Paycom Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder VS Cleveland Cavaliers Spread
Betting on the Cleveland Cavaliers -1.0 (1.91) is our favorite play for this matchup.
The Cleveland Cavaliers open as the 1-point road favorites over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Given how closely the sports betting sites in Ohio have placed the spread, we could be in for a real even-stevens encounter here. In the last ten matchups in this series, the average points margin between these two sides was 11.8 points.
The Oklahoma City Thunder struggled to make home-court advantage count against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their past five matchups, losing three times at the Paycom Center by an average losing margin of 13.3 points. That said, the hosts have covered the spread in four of their past five home games, going 9-1 ATS in their last 10 overall.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, on the other hand, have covered the spread in four of their last six games. In their past 10 matches, the Cleveland Cavaliers went 6-4 ATS and also ended up 5-5 ATS from their ten most recent road trips.
Oklahoma City Thunder VS Cleveland Cavaliers Total
Take Under 222.5 (1.91)
Based on the recent head-to-head record between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers, we shouldn’t expect a points galore. The total averaged 208.6 points in their past ten meetings, while the last five at Paycom Center produced 213.4 points on average.
For betting on the total, consider that four of the last five Oklahoma City Thunder games went under. Impressively, the total has gone over in no less than four of the last five home games for the Oklahoma City Thunder. All in all, they are 6-4 in the over/under market in their 10 most recent matches.
As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the average total has been 219.5 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 217.8 points in the last five on the road. Half of the past 10 Cleveland Cavaliers road games went over, leaving the away team 4-6 against the total in the last 10 home and away matches.
Oklahoma City Thunder VS Cleveland Cavaliers Betting trends
- Moneyline (ML): Cleveland Cavaliers (-115) | Oklahoma City Thunder (-105)
- Against the spread (ATS): Cleveland Cavaliers -1.0 (-110) | Oklahoma City Thunder +1.0 (-110)
Oklahoma City Thunder Form
The Oklahoma City Thunder made a swift return to losing ways last time out by slipping to a 132-137 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks, leaving them 7-3 from the past ten games overall and 4-1 in the last five on the road.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the NBA’s most prolific scoring teams this season. Entering Friday’s matchup, the hosts are averaging 116.9 points per game. On the other side, the home defense has been middle-of-the-pack, allowing 112.4 points on average in the last five contests and 116.0 points across the season.
Last year, the Oklahoma City Thunder failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 24-57 regular season. They ended up 14th in the Western Conference and fifth in the Northwest Division. Their chances of reaching postseason play this season don’t look good either, with the home side 23-25 so far.
Eugene Omoruyi, Aleksej Pokusevski, Luguentz Dort, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and Chet Holmgren are set to miss the Oklahoma City Thunder game due to injuries.
Cleveland Cavaliers Form
The Cleveland Cavaliers went 30-20 for the season last time out by defeating the Houston Rockets 95-113. In their past ten matches, they’ve gone 5-5 and are also 2-3 in their last five on the road.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been having trouble scoring points this season. Their average of 111.5 points per game is one of the lowest in the NBA going into Friday’s matchup. Defensively, the away defense is one of the best in shutting out opponents, ranking third in the league with 107.0 points conceded per game.
Last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers secured a berth in the Play-In Tournament but failed to advance to the playoffs. This season, however, the visitors have made a brilliant comeback. They’re in a stronger position to make the postseason now, sitting fifth in Eastern Conference and second in the Central Division.
Donovan Mitchell and Dylan Windler are set to miss the Cleveland Cavaliers game due to injuries.
Oklahoma City Thunder VS Cleveland Cavaliers H2H history
The Cleveland Cavaliers downed the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-102 in the previous matchup between these two franchises. The encounter took place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in December 2022. Both teams have failed to claim the upper hand in this series in recent years, having claimed five wins apiece from their previous ten matchups
While the Oklahoma City Thunder averaged 104.7 points, the Cleveland Cavaliers performed an average of 103.9 points in their ten most recent head-to-head games.