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Gasol Breaks Hand in Warmups Thursday

The San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers will battle at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday. The game is being televised on ABC in primetime. Tip is a little bit after 8 pm EST.

Pau Gasol broke his hand during warm-ups before Thursday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. San Antonio has not given a timeline on Gasol’s return, but it can’t come soon enough. It’s a huge blow to a team that enters Saturday at 33-9. That is the second-best record in the NBA. Gasol is a six-time All-Star. He is averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in his first season in San Antonio.

Oddsmakers have the Cavaliers as 2.5 point favorites and the total is sitting at 212.

Cleveland won its last outing, a 118-103 result against the Phoenix Suns on January 19. The Cavaliers covered in that game as a -11.5-point favorite. The 221 combined points took the game OVER the total. Kevin Love missed Thursday’s win with a sore back and remains questionable for Saturday. James Jones scored 14 points in place of Love. Then you have Iman Shumpert, who is averaging 16 points and shooting 61 percent from 3-point range in three games since moving into the starting lineup. Newly acquired Kyle Korver continues to get more comfortable in his role with the Cavs’ as well.

San Antonio was a 118-104 winner in its last match at home against the Denver Nuggets. They covered the -13-point spread as favorites. The total score of 222 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Spurs are second in the league in points allowed at 98.5 ppg.  The Spurs are one of only three teams in the league allowing fewer than 100 points per game.

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Next up:
San Antonio at Brooklyn Monday, January 23
Cleveland at New Orleans Monday, January 23

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