NBA Odds: Cavaliers vs. Trail Blazers
|Trail Blazers Odds||-4|
|Time | Channel||10 p.m. ET | NBCS-NW|
Friday night’s meeting between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers represents a clash between two teams headed in opposite directions, making it likely to be a game sharps focus on.
Portland has won back-to-back games, including a surprising four-point win over the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers. The Trail Blazers’ defense is still a big issue with their big-man rotation so limited by injuries.
Centers Enes Kanter and Harry Giles III will play a lot for Portland on Friday against a Cleveland team with several quality bigs. An even slightly motivated combination of Jarrett Allen and Andre Drummond could keep this game closer than expected, a theory supported by our PRO Projections and PRO Report.
NBA Picks: Cavaliers vs. Trail Blazers
The spread for this Eastern vs. Western Conference showdown opened up at Cavaliers +7 before a flurry of sharp action pushed this line down to Cavs +4.
Despite Portland’s winning record against the spread (ATS) this season, the Trail Blazers are a woeful 4-8 ATS at home. We’ve seen three Bet Signals since this morning in Action Labs indicating steam hitting the Cavaliers, and reverse line movement, all signs of the heavy sharp action on the Cleveland side.
As of 4:30 p.m. ET, the 35% of bettors backing the Cavaliers have generated 67% of the money wagered on this matchup. Things could shift a bit as we get closer to tip, but it’s clear that sharp bettors have targeted this game.
The fact that sharp bettors are backing the Cleveland tells you that Cavaliers vs. Trail Blazers could be a profitable matchup.
But an even bigger indicator that Friday night’s game in Portland could be worth a look is the fact that it fits into two of our PRO Systems.
The Road Dogs Off ATS Loss PRO System has a 55% win rate and 7% ROI, while the NBA Tickets vs. Money PRO System has a 56% win rate and 8% ROI since 2015.
PRO Report Pick: Cavaliers +4 (-110)