The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a great season and look good enough to push deep in the postseason. One of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, they have a tough test tonight in Oklahoma City against the Thunder will be done.
Despite being a little chilly lately, the Thunder are one of the top teams in the NBA this month. Can they keep up the momentum tonight?
The Thunder entered the day as a 1-point underdog against the Cavaliers, with an over/under total of 222.5 points.
Cleveland is entering the second night of its back-to-back game after Thursday night’s game against the Houston Rockets. With that in mind, it was an explosive win, so most of the main part of the Cavaliers should rest pretty well given the circumstances.
The Cavaliers have the most dynamic backcourt in the NBA in Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland. With that in mind, Oklahoma City has its own jumbo guard duo with Josh Guiddy and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who should be excellent counterpunchers.
Cleveland has one of the most efficient offensive teams in the league, so the defense on the ball will be key for the Thunder tonight. Especially from inside the Ark, the Cavaliers are hard to stop.
Keep an eye on Giddy and Evan Mobley. They each have emerged as his two of the best prospects among second-year players.
Oklahoma City Thunder (23-25) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (30-20)
Friday, January 27, 2023, 7:00 PM CT
Paycom Center – Oklahoma City, OK
Bally Sports Oklahoma, NBA League Pass, 98.1 FM Sports Animals
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Following this contest, the Thunder will host the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are back home to host the LA Clippers.
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