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The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder met, the matchup was decided by 27 points, but it sure doesn't look like the final will end up so one-sided this time. Oklahoma City and Cleveland are all tied up at 85. OKC has been led by shooting guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who so far has 19 points and seven assists along with two blocks.

The Thunder and the Cavaliers came into this game with previous-game wins. The follow-up win here is still up for grabs, so expect a hard fought finale.

Who's Playing

Cleveland @ Oklahoma City

Current Records: Cleveland 25-18; Oklahoma City 14-27

What to Know

The Cleveland Cavaliers might have tired legs after a game yesterday as they head on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 p.m. ET Jan. 15 at Paycom Center. Both teams come into the contest bolstered by wins in their previous games.

Even if it wasn't a dominant performance, the Cavaliers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-109 this past Friday. It was another big night for Cleveland's point guard Darius Garland, who had 32 points and eight assists.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma City took their matchup against the Brooklyn Nets this past Thursday by a conclusive 130-109 score. With OKC ahead 70-51 at the half, the matchup was all but over already. Their shooting guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander did his thing and almost posted a triple-double on 33 points, ten rebounds, and nine assists.

Cleveland is the favorite in this one, with an expected 5-point margin of victory. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (11-5), so they might be worth a quick bet.

The wins brought Cleveland up to 25-18 and Oklahoma City to 14-27. A couple numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: The Cavaliers enter the contest with only 102.4 points allowed per game on average, good for second best in the league. Less enviably, the Thunder are worst in the league in points per game, with only 100.8 on average. They might struggle to break 100.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Paycom Center -- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • TV: Bally Sports - Ohio
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $14.00

Odds

The Cavaliers are a 5-point favorite against the Thunder, 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 5.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -108

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Series History

Oklahoma City have won seven out of their last 12 games against Cleveland.

  • Apr 08, 2021 - Cleveland 129 vs. Oklahoma City 102
  • Feb 21, 2021 - Oklahoma City 117 vs. Cleveland 101
  • Feb 05, 2020 - Oklahoma City 109 vs. Cleveland 103
  • Jan 04, 2020 - Oklahoma City 121 vs. Cleveland 106
  • Nov 28, 2018 - Oklahoma City 100 vs. Cleveland 83
  • Nov 07, 2018 - Oklahoma City 95 vs. Cleveland 86
  • Feb 13, 2018 - Cleveland 120 vs. Oklahoma City 112
  • Jan 20, 2018 - Oklahoma City 148 vs. Cleveland 124
  • Feb 09, 2017 - Oklahoma City 118 vs. Cleveland 109
  • Jan 29, 2017 - Cleveland 107 vs. Oklahoma City 91
  • Feb 21, 2016 - Cleveland 115 vs. Oklahoma City 92
  • Dec 17, 2015 - Cleveland 104 vs. Oklahoma City 100

Injury Report for Oklahoma City

  • Kenrich Williams: Out (Covid-19)
  • Vit Krejci: Out (Ankle)

Injury Report for Cleveland

  • Rajon Rondo: Out (Hamstring)
  • Ricky Rubio: Out for the Season (Knee)
  • Collin Sexton: Out for the Season (Knee)