Cavaliers vs Thunder: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – April 8, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 8, 2021

The Cleveland Cavaliers (18-32) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-31) as 5.5-point favorites after Darius Garland put up 37 points in the Cavaliers’ 125-101 victory over the Spurs. The matchup airs on BSOK at 8:00 PM ET on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The matchup’s over/under is 213.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from FanDuel sportsbook as of April 8, 2021, 1:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Cavaliers vs Thunder Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of April 8

Cavaliers:
Jarrett Allen: Out (Concussion),
Larry Nance Jr.: Out (Illness),
Dylan Windler: Day To Day (Knee)

Thunder:
Luguentz Dort: Out (Concussion Protocol),
Isaiah Roby: Out (Concussion),
Josh Hall: Out (Concussion-like symptoms),
Darius Miller: Out (Groin),
Mike Muscala: Out (Ankle),
Darius Bazley: Out (Shoulder),
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Out (Foot)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Thunder (+5.5)
Total Pick Over (213.5)
Prediction Thunder 110, Cavaliers 107

While FanDuel has the Cavaliers winning by 5.5, the model has the Thunder taking home the victory, with a considerable margin between the two spreads (9.1 points). Take the Thunder.

In this matchup, the model projects a total (216.7 points) slightly higher than the FanDuel over/under (213.5 points).

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Cavaliers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Collin Sexton 43 23.9 2.9 4.2 1.2 0.1 1.6
Darius Garland 41 16.7 2.4 5.9 1.2 0.1 1.8
Jarrett Allen 44 13.1 9.9 1.7 0.4 1.7 0.1
Larry Nance Jr. 29 10.1 7.1 3.1 1.8 0.6 1.2
Cedi Osman 46 9.7 3.4 2.6 0.9 0.2 1.7

Cavaliers Player Props

  • Collin Sexton’s PRA prop total for the game is set at 31.5, 0.5 higher than his season average of 31.0.
  • Garland’s PRA prop over/under for the contest is set at 26.5, 1.5 higher than his season average of 25.0.
  • Garland’s three pointers made prop over/under for the contest is set at 2.5, 0.7 shots higher than his season average of 1.8.
  • Jarrett Allen’s blocks prop over/under for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.2 blocks lower than his season average of 1.7.

Thunder Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 35 23.7 4.8 5.9 0.8 0.7 2.0
Al Horford 28 14.2 6.7 3.4 0.9 0.9 2.0
Luguentz Dort 41 12.6 3.4 1.6 0.8 0.4 2.0
Darius Bazley 36 11.9 7.5 1.5 0.5 0.6 1.5
Mike Muscala 35 9.7 3.8 0.8 0.2 0.3 1.9

Thunder Player Props

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s points prop over/under for the game is set at 20.5, 3.2 points less than his season average of 23.7.
  • Moses Brown’s rebounding prop total for the matchup is posted at 19.5 rebounds, 11.2 rebounds higher than his season average of 8.3.
  • Luguentz Dort’s three pointers made prop over/under for the game is set at 2.5, 0.5 shots greater than his season average of 2.0.
  • Brown’s blocks prop total for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.3 blocks higher than his season average of 1.2.

Shooting Trends

  • The Cavaliers are shooting 45% from the field this season, 1.9 percentage points lower than the 46.9% the Thunder allow to opponents.
  • Cleveland has a 13-4 record against the spread and a 12-5 straight-up record in games it shoots better than 46.9% from the field.
  • Oklahoma City has a 10-8 record against the spread and a 9-9 record overall when allowing its opponents to hit more than 45% of their shots from the field.
  • The Thunder are shooting 44.5% from the field, 3.3% lower than the 47.8% the Cavaliers’ opponents have shot this season.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-2-1 against the spread and 6-2 overall when it shoots higher than 47.8% from the field.
  • Cleveland is 8-5 against the spread and 9-4 overall in games it allows opponents to shoot higher than 44.5% from the field.
  • The Cavaliers shoot 33.5% from three-point range, two% lower than the 35.5% the Thunder allow to opponents.
  • Cleveland has put together a 13-5 record against the spread and an 11-7 straight-up record in games this season when the team hits more than 35.5% of its three-point attempts.
  • Oklahoma City is 13-9-1 against the spread while putting up a 10-13 straight-up record when its opponents shoot over 33.5% from three-point range.
  • The Thunder’s three-point shooting percentage this season (34.7%) is just 3.5 percentage points lower than opponents of the Cavaliers are averaging (38.2%).
  • Oklahoma City is 12-7 against the spread and 11-8 overall when shooting over 38.2% as a team from three-point range.
  • Cleveland has a 12-6 ATS record and a 10-8 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 34.7% from three-point distance.
  • The Cavaliers’ 9.4 made three-pointers per game this season is 3.3 fewer made shots on average than the 12.7 per game the Thunder give up.
  • Oklahoma City has gone 16-8 against the spread and 14-10 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Cleveland hits fewer threes than its opponents, it is 7-25 ATS and 7-25 straight up.
  • The Thunder rank 14th in the NBA in made three-pointers, while the Cavaliers allow the 11th-fewest made threes in the league.

Cavaliers vs Thunder Stat Rankings

Cavaliers Rank Cavaliers AVG Thunder AVG Thunder Rank
30th 103.1 Points Scored 105.7 27th
11th 111 Points Allowed 113.5 20th
17th 43 Rebounds 45 9th
7th 10.7 Off. Rebounds 8.9 25th
30th 9.4 3pt Made 12.7 14th
22nd 23.3 Assists 22.5 27th
25th 14.5 Turnovers 14.6 27th

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