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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers Point Spread Pick: October 26th 2016

THUNDER VS. 76ERS BETTINGOklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Point Spread Pick: Thunder -8.5 points (October 26th 2016)

I’m laying the points with the Thunder on Wednesday.  It may be Russell Westbrook’s team, as Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka are gone, but Oklahoma City added Victor Oladipo and rookie power forward Domantas Sabonis and still has holdovers Enes Kanter and Steven Adams to make the Thunder a formidable team. The Thunder has won 14 in a row (10-4 ATS) against Philadelphia and won last season’s two meetings by an average of 15.5 points.  The hapless 76ers are coming off a 10-72 season and once again are saddled with major injuries, including No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel and Jerryd Bayless, who are out for an extended period of time. The Thunder is 5-2 ATS its last seven games in Philadelphia.  Westbrook averaged a triple-double against the Sixers in 2015-16 with 20.5 points, 16.0 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game.  Oklahoma City will be looking to make a statement early in the season and we believe they’ll be successful. I’m laying the points with the Thunder on Wednesday.  Thanks & GL!  Scott Spreitzer.

Cavaliers vs. Knicks Betting Prediction from Scott Spreitzer: October 25th 2016

CAVS VS. KNICKS PICKCleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks
Betting Prediction: Cavs -9.5 points (October 25th 2016)

I’m recommending a play on the Cavaliers minus the points on Tuesday. Historically, on the night a championship team is getting its rings, it comes out a little flat and struggles to cover the spread, basically a 50-50 ATS proposition over the last 2+ decades.  However, that wasn’t the case last year when Golden State blew out New Orleans by 16 points as a 10.5-point favorite following the ring ceremony.  New York has several new components after finishing 32-50 last season, including a new coach in Jeff Hornacek, who will be implementing some new facets to the offense, which will be a change from the primarily triangle offense that has been used since Phil Jackson became president of the team.  The Knicks have several new players, including Derrick Rose, who played only one preseason game due to a court case, and Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings.  Noah missed two weeks of training camp due to injuries.  Cleveland added Mike Dunleavy Jr. to help with its outside shooting, and the rest of the team is mostly intact.  There should be plenty of excitement in the city of Cleveland tonight to keep LeBron James and company from a letdown.  I’m recommending a play on the Cavaliers minus the points.  Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.

NBA Finals Game 7: Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Point Spread & Over-Under Pick: June 19th 2016

GOLDEN STATE VS. CLEVELAND BETTINGGolden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – 8:00pm ET June 19th 2016

Game 7 Point Spread: Golden State is a 5 point favorite over Cleveland in game 7 of the NBA Finals this evening. The over/under for this game is posted at 206.5 points.

Records: Cleveland is 72-30 SU and 49-50-3 ATS this season with an over/under record of 50-51-1. Golden State is 88-17 SU and 59-44-2 ATS this season with an over/under record of 54-49-2.

Public Perception: As of 4pm ET, 67% of the wagering public is betting that the Golden State Warriors will cover the point spread agains the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 7.

Recent Meetings: The last time these two team met was on June 16th. Cleveland was a 2 point chalk against GS and the over/under for this game was 207.5. Final Score: Cleveland 115 Golden State 101.

Recent Performance: The Cavaliers are 5-5 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games. The Warriors are 6-4 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games.

Betting Trends: The Under is 4-0-2 in the last 6 games played at Golden State. Cleveland is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games agains the Warriors. The Under is 3-0-1 in Golden State’s last 4 home games. The Under is 4-1-1 in Cleveland’s last 6 games after allowing their opponent to score more than 100 points in their previous game. Golden State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. Cleveland is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.

Betting Pick: Golden State Warriors -5
Over-Under Pick: Under 206.5 points.

NBA Finals Point Spread Pick: Golden State vs. Cleveland: June 16th 2016


Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA Finals Point Spread Pick: Warriors +2.5 (June 16th 2016)

The Golden State Warriors take another shot at clinching their second straight title when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the championship series. Tip-off is set for 9 PM ET at Quicken Loans Arena where the Cavs are trying to become the first team ever to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. They’ll need another sizzling effort from Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, who combined for 82 points in Monday’s 112-97 victory.

The Warriors (88-16, 59-43 ATS) will be at full strength with the return of Draymond Green who was suspended for Game 5. Green was sorely missed on both ends but most notably on offense where Golden State went 3 of 22 from 3-point range in the second half on Monday after draining 11 of 21 before the break. It’s been a sub-par series for league MVP Stephen Curry who went 8 of 21 from the field on Monday and is averaging 22.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting in the series, down from a league-best 30.1 points on 50.4 percent in the regular season.

The Cavs (71-30, 48-50 ATS) needed historic performances from James and Irving to extend the series and they delivered. The duo became the first pair of teammates in NBA Finals history to score at least 40 points in the same game when they both finished with 41 in Game 5.

The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland and 7-3 last 10 overall.

The UNDER is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings while the Cavs are 7-1 to the low side in their last eight home games.

NBA Finals: Bob Harvey betting the Golden State Warriors -5.5 points on June 13th 2016


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
NBA Playoffs Point Spread Pick: Warriors -5.5 (June 13th 2016)

“Turn out the Lights, the Party’s Over” is an old country music classic that was made famous by Dandy Don Meredith—back in the day– on Monday Night Football. It’s a song that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be singing UNLESS they find a win to win three straight games against the Golden State Warriors beginning with tonight’s Game 5 in Oakland. The defending champion Warriors lead the NBA finals 3-1.

The Cavaliers (70-30, 47-50 ATS) is well aware no team has ever recovered from a 3-1 series deficit to win the NBA Finals. Then there’s the fact that the Cavaliers lost the first two games of the series at Oracle Arena by an average of 24 points. James has done his part averaging 24.8 points, 11 rebounds and 8.3 assists in the series. However he’s also averaged 5.8 turnovers per game.

The Warriors (88-15, 59-42 ATS) will be without All-Star Draymond Green who received a one-game suspension flagrant 1 foul on Sunday for a Game 4 incident in which he hit Cleveland forward LeBron James in the groin. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry looks like he’s back on track after scoring 38 points in the 108-97 victory in Game 4, this after he averaged just 16 points in the first three games and didn’t even have a 20-point outing before regaining his form and setting the tone for the road victory

Cleveland is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 visits to Oakland and 1-4 ATS in the last five overall. Even more distressing for the Cavs: they’re 1-6 vs. the number in their last seven NBA championship games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Finals Point Spread Pick: June 5th 2016


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
NBA Finals Point Spread Pick: Warriors -6 (June 5th 2016)

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to square the NBA finals at a win apiece when they visit the Golden State Warriors in tonight’s prime time affair. The Warriors took the series opener 104-89 jumping out to a 1-0 lead for the second year in a row.

The Cavaliers (69-28, 46-48 ATS) held Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to a combined 20 points on 27 shots but still lost by 15. They were outscored 45-10 in bench points and saw Golden State score 25 points off turnovers. LeBron James had 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in Game 1 but also committed four turnovers. The Cavaliers are averaging 13.9 made 3-pointers in the playoffs – tops in the NBA – but went 7 of 21 from beyond the arc in the series opener.

The Warriors (86-14, 57-41 ATS)have won six straight games against the Cavaliers dating back to last season’s Finals. While Curry and Thompson struggled, Golden State’s bench Ike Iguodala, Shawn Livingston and Leandro Barbosa combined to shoot 18-of-24 from the field to pick up the slack for their star teammates, who appreciated the effort.

Golden State is 4-0 ATS in its last four championship games and 4-0 ATS in its last four home games. The Warriors are also 4-0 ATS in their past four games.

Cleveland is 6-2 ATS vs. the number in its last eight but is 0-4 ATS in its last four NBA title games.

The UNDER is 5-1 in the Cavs last six games vs. the Western Conference while the Warriors are 5- to the low side last five vs. the Eastern Conference.