Ed’s NBA Play of the Day: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Written by Pub Sports Radio on February 5, 2020
Cavaliers vs. Thunder NBA Pick
Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Will this be Love’s last game with the Cavs?
Cleveland Cavaliers (13-38) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (30-20)
Wednesday, February 5 at 8:00 PM ET, Chesapeake Energy Arena
Love and Thompson on Their Way Out?
Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson could be traded before Thursday. Both players are generating significant trade interest. The Clippers are among the teams that are after them. Love and Thompson are outstanding rebounders but the former is a better offensive player. Kevin Love is averaging 17.8 points and 9.8 rebounds in 31.3 minutes over 44 games this season. Tristan Thompson, on the other hand, averages 11.9 points and 10.4 rebounds in 31.0 minutes over 48 games.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 139-134 overtime loss against the Knicks on Monday but Love had one of his best games of the season. The one-time NBA Champion led the way with 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in 41 minutes.
After the game, he was asked if it crossed his mind that this could have been his last home game with the Cavs. This is what he responded: “Naw, it’s funny, I didn’t even consider that, oddly, not until this very moment,” Love said. “It could be the same thing for a few guys here. Tristan (Thompson) didn’t play tonight, I just don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ll let the chips fall, I’ve been saying that. But I expect to probably finish the season out here and continue to play extremely hard.”
The rumors are not distracting Love. He is averaging 20.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists over his last 15 games, shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Thunder Have Been Unstoppable
The Thunder are on fire right now, winning seven of their last eight games. OKC has exceeded expectations this season and a team that was expected to be in rebuilding mode after the Paul George and Russell Westbrook trades is now seventh in the highly-competitive Western Conference, just four games behind the Nuggets for the third seed.
Last Friday a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter helped them erase a 99-92 deficit in their 111-107 road win against the Suns. Danilo Gallinari led the way with 27 points, Dennis Schroder had 24 points and six assists off the bench and Chris Paul added 20 points and 10 assists.
“It’s been special. It’s been a lot of fun,” Paul said about the team’s 24-9 record since Thanksgiving. “Our team has been unbelievable and that’s been the best part about it. It’s always an honor and privilege to be named an All-Star, especially after not doing it for four years.”
Trends and Prediction
The Under is:
6-0 in Cleveland’s last six games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
6-2 in Cleveland’s last eight games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game
4-1 in Oklahoma City’s last five games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
7-3 in Oklahoma City’s last 10 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
37-18 in Oklahoma City’s last 55 games playing on three or more days rest.
7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City
This could be Kevin Love (plus-1.4 Offensive Box Plus/Minus) and Tristan Thompson’s (plus-0.8 Defensive Box Plus/Minus) last game with the Cavs and one of them might even be gone before this contest starts. The Cavaliers are getting 12 points but can you trust a team that just lost to the Knicks at home? The Thunder rank 11th in the NBA, allowing 107.9 points per game and hopefully, Love and/or Thompson have an off night if they’re still with the Cavs, making this game go under the total.
NBA Pick: Under 221.5 (-113) at Bookmaker
Ed’s 2019-20 NBA picks record through Feb. 5: 1-1 ATS, 1-0 Moneylines, 2-0 Totals