The Cleveland Cavaliers (26-16) will travel to face the Portland Trail Blazers (19-21) on Thursday at Moda Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET (NBA TV). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Cavaliersvs. Trail Blazers odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Cavaliers suffered a 116-114 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday as they fell short of covering as 2.5-point road favorites. Cleveland has won 4 of its last 6 games.
The Trail Blazers lost 109-106 to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday as they were unable to cover as 8.5-point favorites at home. Portland is on a 4-game losing streak and has lost 8 of its last 10 games.
Cavaliers at Trail Blazers odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub Lines last updated at 10:50 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Cavaliers -150 (bet $150 to win $100) | Trail Blazers +130 (bet $100 to win $130)
- Against the spread (ATS): Cavaliers -3.5 (-105) | Trail Blazers +3.5 (-115)
- Over/Under (O/U): 220.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
Cavaliers at Trail Blazers key injuries
- C Jarrett Allen (illness) probable
- G Ricky Rubio (knee) questionable
- G Damian Lillard (ankle) questionable
- G Gary Payton II (ankle) probable
- F Justise Winslow (ankle) out
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Cavaliers at Trail Blazers picks and predictions
Cavaliers 116, Trail Blazers 109
Even after a disappointing loss to the Jazz, I’ll side with the CAVALIERS (-150) in this contest. I’d try to get Cleveland to win at -150 odds or better if I’m taking either of these teams straight up.
With Allen expected to play and Rubio potentially making his season debut CAVALIERS -3.5 (-105) is where I’m leaning. There’s also a chance Lillard isn’t 100% healthy if he’s active for the Trail Blazers.
OVER 220.5 (-105) is an enticing wager despite the Cavaliers playing at the slowest pace in the NBA. Both of these teams are top 13 teams in offensive rating.
The Cavaliers are 7-1 to the Over in their last 8 games when their opponent scored 100-plus points in their previous game.