The Cleveland Cavaliers (25-15) face the Phoenix Suns (20-20) for the 2nd time in 5 days, this time on the road in the 2nd game of their 5-game road trip. Tip-off Sunday at Footprint Center is 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Cavaliers vs. Suns odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Cavaliers beat the Suns 90-88 Wednesday in Cleveland, but did not cover the 5-point spread as the favorites. They have won 3 of their last 4 games, but are coming off a 121-108 road loss to the Denver Nuggets as 5.5-point underdogs on Friday.
The Suns have lost 5 in a row and 8 of their last 9 games. The last played Friday, falling 104-96 to the Miami Heat at home as 1-point underdogs.
Cavaliers at Suns odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub Lines last updated at 10:38 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Cavaliers -180 (bet $180 to win $100) | Suns +155 (bet $100 to win $155)
- Against the spread (ATS): Cavaliers -4.5 (-110) | Suns +4.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 213.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
Cavaliers at Suns key injuries
- G Darius Garland (thumb) questionable
- G Ricky Rubio (knee) out
- F Dean Wade (shoulder) out
- G Dylan Windler (ankle) out
- G Devin Booker (groin) out
- F Jae Crowder (not with team) out
- F Cameron Johnson (knee) out
- G Chris Paul (hip) questionable
- G Cameron Payne (foot) out
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Cavaliers at Suns picks and predictions
Cavaliers 106, Suns 96
The Suns are struggling and are missing their best players. They have lost 8 of their last 9. They have averaged 94.6 points per game in their last 5 games.
The Cavaliers have won 6 of their last 10 and 3 of their last 4. They are 7-11 on the road this season, but the Suns, 14-6 at Footprint Center, have lost their last 3 at home.
But the better play is to bet the spread instead of the Cavs on the moneyline, as you must wager nearly twice what you can win.
The Cavaliers have covered the spread only once in their last 6 games, including their win over the Suns at home last week. The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
With the Suns’ overall and offensive struggles recently, stay away from them.
BET CAVALIERS -4.5 (-110).
The Suns have not scored more than 104 points in their last 5 games and have averaged 94.6 points per game in that stretch. The Cavs only average 111.5 points per game on the season and have scored 108 or fewer in 3 of their last 4 games.
BET UNDER 213.5 (-105).