NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Thursday, 3/20/14, 7:00 PM EST
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Oklahoma City Thunder PG Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.3 points over his last nine games

Oklahoma City Thunder PG Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.3 points over his last nine games

Oklahoma City is 3-1 SUATS over its last four games, as it comes off a 97-85 victory over the Chicago Bulls as 2.5-point road favorites Monday, while going UNDER the betting total of 193.5.  The Thunder are 21-11 SU on the road this season, including a 10-2 mark when taking on Eastern Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks.  Oklahoma City is 0-5 ATS in its last five games when playing on two days rest.

The Thunder have been very pleased by the recent play of point guard Russell Westbrook, who is averaging 23.3 points on 49.6 percent shooting over his last nine games.  Oklahoma City has also compiled a dominating 40-6 SU record when outrebounding opponents this season, while it ranks fourth in the league in grabbing 35.3 boards per game.  The franchise has also won eight of 10 opportunities when playing the first game of a back-to-back situation.

Cleveland has dropped two games in a row, including a 100-96 setback to the Miami Heat as 10-point home underdogs Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total of 193.5.  The Cavaliers have three of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with guard Dion Waiters leading the way at 14.5 points a contest, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  It’s important to point out that point guard Kyrie Irving will be sitting out his third game with a bicep injury.  Cleveland is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games following a loss.

The Cavaliers are 6-3 in their last nine games versus Western Conference foes—shooting a combined 44.4 percent from beyond the arc over that span.  Since Feb. 8, Cleveland is holding teams to the fifth-lowest field goal percentage in the league, as well has allowing just 97.9 points per game.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings in this series.

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