When Cedi Osman and Kevon Looney take the floor, NBA fans and bettors are sure to take notice.
That’s right: It’s time for Warriors-Cavs, Part 2. Looney! Osman! And a few guys named Durant and LeBron.
We convened our crew of NBA experts to break the game down in its entirety, exploring the key storylines, metrics, matchups, trends, and more.
THE SETUP: WARRIORS (-5.5) AT CAVALIERS | O/U: 234
Betting market: This game is very interesting from a market perspective as it is drawing two-way sharp action. While the public is clearly backing Golden State (see lopsided ticket percentage below), our Bet Signals have triggered multiple alerts on both Warriors -5 and Cavaliers +5.5. Remember, professional bettors play numbers and value, not teams, and so far they’ve come down on both sides of this game. — PJ Walsh
Did you know: This game is on pace to have the highest total of the season at 234, tied with Nets-Suns from earlier in the year. It’s hardly a surprise, given the Warriors’ proficiency on offense and the recent issues the Cavs have had on defense. — Evan Abrams
Injuries to watch: Both teams will be pretty close to full strength, and it’s highly unlikely we’ll see players rest with neither team playing on a back-to-back and Monday’s game on national TV. Andre Iguodala, Omri Casspi, and Shaun Livingston are probable for the Warriors. Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert remain out for the Cavs. — Justin Phan
Trend to know: The Cavaliers are 12-29-1 ATS (29.3%) this season, the worst record in the NBA. But consider: Bad ATS teams (covered in fewer than 30% of games) are 212-146-7 (59.2%) ATS vs. opponents with a win percentage of 60% or higher since 2005. This has been a profitable strategy in 11 of the past 13 seasons. — Evan Abrams and John Ewing