Through 3 Quarters
The Cleveland Cavaliers are just one quarter away from delivering their fans the win they've been expecting. It's looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the San Antonio Spurs as Cleveland lead 86-73.
The Cavaliers have been relying on point guard Darius Garland, who has 23 points and four assists along with four boards, and power forward Evan Mobley, who has 16 points in addition to seven rebounds. Mobley hadn't helped his team much against the Indiana Pacers this past Sunday, so this is a nice turnaround for him.
Cleveland and San Antonio came into this contest with previous-game wins. It's looking like Cleveland will be able to keep the momentum, but San Antonio still has a quarter to right the ship.
San Antonio @ Cleveland
Current Records: San Antonio 20-34; Cleveland 33-21
What to Know
After a few days' rest for both teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs will meet up at 7 p.m. ET Feb. 9 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Cleveland is out to keep their six-game home win streak alive.
The Cavaliers had enough points to win and then some against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, taking their game 98-85. The win came about thanks to a strong surge after the first quarter to overcome a 27-12 deficit. Cleveland got their victory on the backs of several key players, and it was small forward Cedi Osman out in front picking up 22 points and five assists.
Meanwhile, San Antonio's matchup against the Houston Rockets last week was close at halftime, but San Antonio turned on the heat in the second half with 74 points. San Antonio made easy work of Houston and carried off a 131-106 victory. The contest was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point the Spurs had established a 97-77 advantage. They relied on the efforts of point guard Dejounte Murray, who dropped a double-double on 19 points and 11 assists along with seven rebounds, and small forward Keldon Johnson, who had 28 points in addition to seven boards. Johnson hadn't helped his team much against the Miami Heat last Thursday, so this was a nice turnaround for him. Johnson's points were the most he has had all year.
The Cavaliers are the favorite in this one, with an expected 5.5-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a two-game streak of ATS wins.
The wins brought Cleveland up to 33-21 and San Antonio to 20-34. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: Cleveland comes into the contest boasting the fewest fouls per game in the league at 17. San Antonio is not quite as good, but they are no chumps, either: they rank second in the league when it comes to fouls per game, with only 17.9 on average.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse -- Cleveland, Ohio
- TV: Bally Sports - Ohio
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $13.36
The Cavaliers are a solid 5.5-point favorite against the Spurs, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Cavaliers as a 6-point favorite.
San Antonio have won eight out of their last 13 games against Cleveland.
- Jan 14, 2022 - Cleveland 114 vs. San Antonio 109
- Apr 05, 2021 - Cleveland 125 vs. San Antonio 101
- Mar 19, 2021 - San Antonio 116 vs. Cleveland 110
- Mar 08, 2020 - Cleveland 132 vs. San Antonio 129
- Dec 12, 2019 - Cleveland 117 vs. San Antonio 109
- Apr 07, 2019 - San Antonio 112 vs. Cleveland 90
- Mar 28, 2019 - San Antonio 116 vs. Cleveland 110
- Feb 25, 2018 - San Antonio 110 vs. Cleveland 94
- Jan 23, 2018 - San Antonio 114 vs. Cleveland 102
- Mar 27, 2017 - San Antonio 103 vs. Cleveland 74
- Jan 21, 2017 - San Antonio 118 vs. Cleveland 115
- Jan 30, 2016 - Cleveland 117 vs. San Antonio 103
- Jan 14, 2016 - San Antonio 99 vs. Cleveland 95
Injury Report for Cleveland
- Lauri Markkanen: Out (Ankle)
- Collin Sexton: Out for the Season (Knee)
Injury Report for San Antonio
- Juancho Hernangomez: Out (Not Injury Related)
- Tre Jones: Out (Mouth)