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.

 

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Cleveland 24-9 11-21-1 111.33 107.58 3.75 2-15-1 9-6 17-15-1 9-8-1 8-7
Golden State 26-7 15-18 115.00 105.00 10 7-9 8-9 16-16-1 7-9 9-7-1
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
CLE 24.06 13.94 1.73
GS 30.09 15.85 1.9
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
CLE 7.94 33.58 41.52
GS 8.67 36.12 44.79
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
CLE 48.50 46.86 1.64
GS 50.58 43.15 7.43
Team Records

Cleveland Cavaliers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 24-9 14-4 10-5 11-21-1 2-15-1 9-6 111.33 107.58 3.75
Last 10 8-2 6-0 2-2 3-7 1-5 2-2 111.10 104.60 6.50
vs Div 6-3 3-1 3-2 3-5-1 0-3-1 3-2 114.22 107.56 6.66
vs EAST 18-7 9-4 9-3 9-15-1 2-10-1 7-5 111.36 107.00 4.36
vs WEST 6-2 5-0 1-2 2-6 0-5 2-1 111.25 109.38 1.87

Golden State Warriors

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 26-7 12-4 14-3 15-18 7-9 8-9 115.00 105.00 10.00
Last 10 9-1 4-1 5-0 5-5 2-3 3-2 108.10 99.60 8.50
vs Div 4-1 1-1 3-0 1-4 0-2 1-2 120.60 113.20 7.40
vs EAST 12-2 6-1 6-1 6-8 3-4 3-4 115.57 103.07 12.50
vs WEST 14-5 6-3 8-2 9-10 4-5 5-5 114.58 106.42 8.16
Supergrid
Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 111.33 3 105.00 13
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 112.27 3 102.94 13
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 42.40 17 40.25 8
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 115.00 2 107.58 23
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 112.81 3 106.07 12
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 43.25 18 41.93 6

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Cleveland 5-5 5-4-1 5-4-1 109.40 61.90 45.21 44.60 139/372 7.40
Golden State 5-5 4-5-1 5-4-1 112.90 58.60 44.86 43.10 113/318 8.70

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Jun 12, 2017 CLE 120 GS 129 -9 Push 231.5 O CLE GS GS 60 71 53.4 51.1 40 42 11/24 14/38 6 8
Jun 9, 2017 GS 116 CLE 137 5 CLE 227 O CLE CLE CLE 68 86 44.8 52.9 40 41 11/39 24/45 5 6
Jun 7, 2017 GS 118 CLE 113 3.5 GS 227 O GS GS GS 67 61 48.2 44.4 44 37 16/33 12/44 8 9
Jun 4, 2017 CLE 113 GS 132 -9 GS 221.5 O GS GS GS 64 67 45 51.7 41 53 8/29 18/43 15 5
Jun 1, 2017 CLE 91 GS 113 -7.5 GS 225 U GS CLE GS 52 60 34.9 42.5 59 50 11/31 12/33 0 12
Jan 16, 2017 CLE 91 GS 126 -9 GS 227.5 U GS GS GS 49 78 35.2 50.5 35 58 9/34 15/34 7 10
Dec 25, 2016 GS 108 CLE 109 3.5 CLE 219 U GS CLE CLE 55 52 48.1 38.9 42 44 9/30 12/35 8 14
Jun 19, 2016 CLE 93 GS 89 -5 CLE 205 U CLE CLE GS 42 49 40.2 38.6 48 39 6/25 15/41 7 7
Jun 16, 2016 GS 101 CLE 115 -2 CLE 207.5 O CLE CLE GS 43 59 40.2 51.9 35 45 15/39 10/27 5 12
Jun 13, 2016 CLE 112 GS 97 -5.5 CLE 209 P CLE GS GS 61 61 53 36.4 41 43 10/24 14/42 11 6

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Cleveland Cavaliers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Dec 21, 2017 CHI 115-112 W -10 216 L/O 51.22 86.36 12 H
Dec 19, 2017 MIL 116-119 L -1.5 215 L/O 50.00 83.33 16 A
Dec 17, 2017 WAS 106-99 W 2.5 215 W/U 47.13 83.33 14 A
Dec 16, 2017 UTA 109-100 W -9.5 212 L/U 53.16 88.24 10 H
Dec 14, 2017 LAL 121-112 W -10 220.5 L/O 50.00 80.00 15 H

Golden State Warriors

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Dec 23, 2017 DEN 81-96 L -8 217 L/U 38.55 82.35 3 H
Dec 22, 2017 LAL 113-106 W -11.5 216.5 L/O 49.41 81.48 7 H
Dec 20, 2017 MEM 97-84 W -9.5 204 W/U 45.95 88.00 7 H
Dec 18, 2017 LAL 116-114 W -5.5 219 L/O 40.19 90.48 11 A
Dec 14, 2017 DAL 112-97 W -10 210 W/U 60.26 77.78 11 H

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

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