Cleveland Cavs vs LA Clippers by Khum
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Ride the flying horse!
There are a few good habits I think I've got when handicaping on NBA games.
One of them is "when a horse flies, take agood seat on his back and let him show you the world (particularly the money)".
The Cleveland Cavaliers are flying high right now and, after the Hawks went down in New Orleans the LeBron boys remained the team with the longest wining streak in the NBA. Interesting fact: this streak started for real on 17th of January on the Clippers' home court. A that time is was an upset, as the Cavs were coming after a dark period and a insignificant win over the poor Lakers. From that point the Cavaliers rised as a real powerhouse of the NBA. They are counting now 11 wins in a row and keep on rolling. Especially at home they looked untouchable, recording clear wins even over tough contenders as the Bulls (14p), the Thunder (10p) and the Trailblazers (5p). Fortunately for my budget, I've backed them in all of those games. ;)
Of course, the Clippers are one of the toughest teams in NBA, but to my mind they are more a sum of individuals and not too much of a team. They don't have that spirit, that chemistry that is required in the big games. And this one is a big game. National broadcasting, big stars, media buzz. And I know one guy who is constantly stepping up on this kind of occasions. his name: LeBron James. I also know a guy who has a good habit on beating the Clippers, no matter if he's playing for the Heat or for the Cavaliers. His name: LeBron James.
The point is: the hosts devloped in the last weeks in a really great team, which has a good togetherness spirit, with guys backing one another and vibrating at the same frequency. That would be hard to guess 3-4 weeks ago, but now it's a fact. They are playing great offense and are obviously working on their improving defense. They proved performant both with the starters and with the bench, also in the paint and from mid and long range.
And I expect this team to take care of the business on the home court as their new habit suggests.
If the Cavaliers come with the right energy they can and they will win tonight. And they should cover this spread as the Clippers can be a dangerous contender and can beat anyone in a good day but I see that just as a possibility, as far as they didn't won enough big matches to make it a probability.
For the injury log we have the actually irelevant absence of Varejao for the Cavs as he's out for season but JJ Redick should be missed from the Clippers as coach Rivers said he's doubtful to play tonight due to back spasms. This actually should be a weakness for the guets, as he should be decently replaced by Jamal Crawford but the Clippers don't have depth on the bench for the guards positions in order to keep the level up when the starters need rest.
Let's go green!
|Cleveland Cavs -5||Marathonbet||1.95||8||105-94 WON (+7.6 units)|
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