The OKLAHOMA CITY and the CLEVELAND will both be gunning for a victory on 11/7/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER vs CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: CLEVELAND , OKLAHOMA CITY
Oddsmakers currently have the CLEVELAND listed as 6 point favorites versus the OKLAHOMA CITY, while the game’s total is sitting at 219.5.
Just when the Oklahoma City Thunder were beginning to find their form, Russell Westbrook went down with an ankle injury. The Thunder will be without their star when they try to push their winning streak to six straight with a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Westbrook, who has a history of knee injuries, went down in the third quarter of Monday’s 122-116 win over the New Orleans Pelicans but X-rays revealed only an ankle sprain, which is expected to keep him out on a game-to-game basis. “Russ has a pretty high pain tolerance, so I knew it was something that was serious,” Oklahoma City forward Paul George told reporters. “I was just hoping it wasn’t his knee. I thought I saw him holding his knee. I think we can all say it’s unfortunate, we can all say as bad as it was, we’re happy it wasn’t the knee and that it was just an ankle sprain.” The Cavaliers could be without small forward Sam Dekker for up to a month due to an ankle sprain suffered in Monday’s 102-100 loss to the Orlando Magic, which dropped them to an NBA-worst 1-9. Post-LeBron James Cleveland suffered its closest loss at Orlando and is intent on using the setback as a learning experience for its rebuilding club.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Oklahoma, FS Ohio (Cleveland)
ABOUT THE THUNDER (5-4): Reserve point guard Dennis Schroder stepped up in Westbrook’s absence on Monday and finished with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, and he will likely get the start on Wednesday. Schroder started the first two games of the season while Westbrook recovered from arthroscopic surgery and averaged 14.5 points but shot 26.5 percent from the floor in that role. George, who led the Thunder with 23 points on Monday, is battling a shooting slump and went 6-of-17 from the floor on Monday – two games removed from a 4-of-20 performance that included 0-of-10 from 3-point range.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (1-9): Cleveland had the win in sight on Monday before a pair of late turnovers with a three-point lead and the shot clock turned off allowed the Magic to pull ahead. Cedi Osman, who is starting in James’ old spot at small forward, made the first of the miscues. “Many plays and many stretches where we could have put ourselves in better position,” center Tristan Thompson told reporters. “The last minute is a great learning experience for us. It’s great to have Cedi out there, Rodney (Hood) out there and Jordan Clarkson out there to be in those situations. We trust them. I think it’s a great learning experience for them and if ever in that situation again we will learn from that and continue to grow. I think no one should hold their head down.”
1. Thunder C Steven Adams is 15-of-19 from the floor in the last two games.
2. Thompson recorded season highs of 19 points and 16 rebounds in his third double-double on Monday.
3. The visiting team took each of the two meetings last season, with Oklahoma City earning a 148-124 win in Cleveland behind 23 points and 20 assists from Westbrook.
PREDICTION: Thunder 113, Cavaliers 104