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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder

April 09

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Oklahoma City Thunder

Cleveland Cavaliers

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction comes before their NBA regular season clash on Friday, April 9th 2021, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Read my match preview for the correct score predictions and best betting tips ahead of this fixture.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview

No Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot), Luguentz Dort (concussion) or Darius Bazley (shoulder), while starting centre Al Horford has officially been shut out of the rotation as he prepares for a new home in the offseason.

With all that news in mind, it'd be a minor disaster if J. B. Bickerstaff's men didn't emerge from Oklahoma clutching a morale-boosting road win against an understaffed Thunder here.

To do so, they will likely need more efficient scoring nights from Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, their blossoming backcourt, as well as experienced five-time All-Star PF Kevin Love, who continues to get his feet wet after extended time on the sidelines with a calf injury. 

OKC, rookie PF Aleksej Pokusevski and fellow first-year PG Theo Maledon have additional scoring responsibilities with their aforementioned injuries truly testing the Thunder depth. They should relish this chance to assert themselves as long-term mainstays within the rotation. 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Tips

ESPN's BPI is narrowly backing the Thunder to improve their lopsided (9-17) home record overnight with a 53.4% win probability chance, in a result that would also snap their four-game losing streak.

However, I'm siding with the visiting Cavaliers for this matchup - largely due to their aforementioned dynamic backcourt duo, who combined for 59 points during a blowout victory away in San Antonio earlier this week. 

Considering that and this being the second of a back-to-back slate for OKC, I'm expecting the Cavaliers to string together successive road victories here after a five-game losing streak of their own beforehand. 

Expert's prediction

Match prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers to win

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L

102-113 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

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108-132 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

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D

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L

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L

115-135 vs Toronto Raptors (H)

W

129-102 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

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L

101-115 vs Miami Heat (A)

L

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109-147 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

L

93-117 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

L

102-129 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (H)

L

102-113 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

L

108-132 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

L
L

101-119 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

L

109-116 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

L

115-135 vs Toronto Raptors (H)

L

94-114 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

107-119 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

106-112 vs Toronto Raptors (A)

L

104-110 vs Detroit Pistons (A)

L

96-106 vs Utah Jazz (A)

L

85-133 vs Portland Trail Blazers (A)

L
D

0-0 vs Detroit Pistons (A)

L

96-106 vs Chicago Bulls (A)

D

0-0 vs Charlotte Hornets (A)

W

129-102 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

125-101 vs San Antonio Spurs (A)

L

101-115 vs Miami Heat (A)

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers Head to Head (H2H) stats

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Predicted Lineup

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

Aleksej Pokusevski

Theo Maledon

Moses Brown

Kenrich Williams

Darius Garland

Dean Wade

Collin Sexton

Kevin Love

Isaac Okoro

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