Basketball fans should be in for a treat Thursday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the San Antonio Spurs. These are two of the very best teams in the league, and they could meet in the NBA Finals again when all is said and done. Tip-off is at 8 PM ET on TNT.
The Cavaliers (27-9 SU, 15-20-1 ATS) have won nine of their 10 games with point guard Kyrie Irving back in the lineup. However, they’re still having trouble shaking off the chalk at 5-5 ATS. The Cavs dropped the cash in three of their last four games, and they needed overtime to beat the Dallas Mavericks (+6 at home) 110-107 on Tuesday.
Chalk hasn’t been nearly as troublesome for the Spurs (34-6 SU, 28-12 ATS). They’re easily the most profitable team in the NBA this year, hiding in the long shadow cast by the 36-2 Golden State Warriors. San Antonio has won nine straight games at 7-2 ATS, including Tuesday’s 109-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons (+7 at home), where ageless point guard Tony Parker scored a season-high 31 points. Going into Tuesday’s action, Basketball-Reference had the Spurs valued 7.3 points higher than the Cavs using the Simple Rating System.