Cleveland (27-9) at San Antonio (34-6)
When: Thursday, January 14th 2016
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: TNT
Two hot NBA teams will meet tonight in San Antonio as the Spurs play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers. San Antonio has won 31 consecutive home games dating back to last season and have won nine straight games overall and 16 of 17. Of the Spurs 22 home victories this season, 16 of them have been by double-digits, but their last home game was almost disastrous. The Spurs held off the New York Knicks 100-99 last Friday as New York rallied over the final minutes and nearly pulled off the upset before Jose Calderon’s 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as time expired. The Spurs then went on the road and handled the Nets and Pistons on back-to-back nights. Point guard Tony Parker erupted for a season-best 31 points on 13-of-19 shooting against Detroit after averaging eight points on 9-of-29 shooting over his previous three games. San Antonio PF LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 13 rebounds against Detroit for his fourth double-double in his last six games. The Spurs continue to runaway with the Southwest Division and are only 2.5 games behind Golden State for the best record in the NBA.
Cleveland also comes in red-hot thanks to finally having a full healthy lineup. Kyrie Irving is just rounding into form after surgery to repair a fractured kneecap suffered during June’s NBA Finals and scored 22 points as Cleveland beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 in overtime for their 14th victory in 16 games. Overall, Cleveland has won eight straight and are 4-0 on a current six-game road trip that will take them to Houston on Friday night. Irving scored a career-best 57 points and drained all seven of his 3-point attempts as the Cavaliers went into San Antonio and produced a 128-125 overtime victory last March. Cleveland had lost to San Antonio 10 straight times prior to last season’s victory. Kevin Love is also benefiting from the Cavs being healthy again. He has back-to-back double-doubles while averaging 11.4 rebounds over the past seven games. Cleveland currently least the Eastern Conference by four games over the Toronto Raptors.
San Antonio could be the most underrated franchise in all of sports. All they do is win, especially at home. Cleveland got the best of them last year and I think they keep it close again. The Cavs are very dangerous when healthy.
Pick: Cavaliers +5.5