Christmas Day NBA: Cavs Travel to Play Warriors

Golden State Warriors

Cavs and Warriors no Stranger to Xmas Day Battles

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors meet on Christmas Day at Oracle Arena. Tip-off is at 3 pm EST and will be televised on ABC.

Oddsmakers opened the Warriors as -7.5-point favorites versus the Cavaliers, while the game’s total opened at 221. The line is down to Golden State -5 and the total has dropped to 217.

The Cavaliers and Warriors have met in the NBA Finals in each of the last three seasons. Golden State winning twice.

The Cavs followed up on their upset in the 2016 Finals with a 109-108 home win on Christmas Day last year. They overcame a 14-point deficit behind LeBron James’ 31 points.

That came one year after the reigning champion Warriors battened down the hatches on the Cavaliers in an 89-83 victory in front of the home fans on Xmas Day 2015.

Warriors Without Curry

The Warriors were a 96-81 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Denver Nuggets. They failed to cover the -8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (177) made winners of UNDER bettors.

The Warriors may need to search for an addition to the lineup following Stephen Curry’s ankle injury. They won their first seven games without Curry. They were held to a season-low 81 points and shot 3-for-27 behind the Arc by Denver Saturday night.

Patrick McCaw, who is replacing Curry, had no assists for the second straight game. That is virtually unheard of among NBA starting guards.

Curry does not appear to be far from playing. He warmup during Monday’s pregame.  He is hoping to convince the “powers that be” he can be activated before the homestand ends on Saturday.

Is Thomas Finally on Court for the Cavs?

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 115-112 winner as they battled the Chicago Bulls at home. The Cavaliers failed to cover in the match as a -10-point favorite, while 227 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas suited up for the first time this season. He participated in the warmups before Cleveland’s win over Chicago on Thursday.

With Derrick Rose out with a sprained left ankle the Cavaliers have been starting veteran Jose Calderon at the point. Calderon was an emergency signing by the Warriors in their championship run last year. He received an in-season buyout from the Lakers.



Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Golden State26-715-18115.00105.00107-98-916-16-17-99-7-1
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Team Records

Cleveland Cavaliers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 108-26-02-23-71-52-2111.10104.606.50
vs Div6-33-13-23-5-10-3-13-2114.22107.566.66
vs EAST18-79-49-39-15-12-10-17-5111.36107.004.36
vs WEST6-25-01-22-60-52-1111.25109.381.87

Golden State Warriors

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 109-14-15-05-52-33-2108.1099.608.50
vs Div4-11-13-01-40-21-2120.60113.207.40
vs EAST12-26-16-16-83-43-4115.57103.0712.50
vs WEST14-56-38-29-104-55-5114.58106.428.16
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense111.333105.0013
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense112.273102.9413
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed42.401740.258
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense115.002107.5823
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense112.813106.0712
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed43.251841.936

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Golden State5-54-5-15-4-1112.9058.6044.8643.10113/3188.70

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Jun 12, 2017CLE120GS129-9Push231.5OCLEGSGS607153.451.1404211/2414/3868
Jun 9, 2017GS116CLE1375CLE227OCLECLECLE688644.852.9404111/3924/4556
Jun 7, 2017GS118CLE1133.5GS227OGSGSGS676148.244.4443716/3312/4489
Jun 4, 2017CLE113GS132-9GS221.5OGSGSGS64674551.741538/2918/43155
Jun 1, 2017CLE91GS113-7.5GS225UGSCLEGS526034.942.5595011/3112/33012
Jan 16, 2017CLE91GS126-9GS227.5UGSGSGS497835.250.535589/3415/34710
Dec 25, 2016GS108CLE1093.5CLE219UGSCLECLE555248.138.942449/3012/35814
Jun 19, 2016CLE93GS89-5CLE205UCLECLEGS424940.238.648396/2515/4177
Jun 16, 2016GS101CLE115-2CLE207.5OCLECLEGS435940.251.9354515/3910/27512
Jun 13, 2016CLE112GS97-5.5CLE209PCLEGSGS61615336.4414310/2414/42116

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Cleveland Cavaliers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Dec 21, 2017CHI115-112W-10216L/O51.2286.3612H
Dec 19, 2017MIL116-119L-1.5215L/O50.0083.3316A
Dec 17, 2017WAS106-99W2.5215W/U47.1383.3314A
Dec 16, 2017UTA109-100W-9.5212L/U53.1688.2410H
Dec 14, 2017LAL121-112W-10220.5L/O50.0080.0015H

Golden State Warriors

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Dec 23, 2017DEN81-96L-8217L/U38.5582.353H
Dec 22, 2017LAL113-106W-11.5216.5L/O49.4181.487H
Dec 20, 2017MEM97-84W-9.5204W/U45.9588.007H
Dec 18, 2017LAL116-114W-5.5219L/O40.1990.4811A
Dec 14, 2017DAL112-97W-10210W/U60.2677.7811H

Next up:
Cleveland at Sacramento Wednesday, December 27
Golden State home to Utah Wednesday, December 27

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