In one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the season, two of the hottest teams in the NBA will square off on Thursday night.
The San Antonio Spurs (34-6) will look to extend their winning streak to 10 games when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers (27-9), who have won eight in a row since losing to the Portland Trail Blazers on December 26.
The Spurs have also won their last 31 regular-season home games, going 22-0 straight up and 16-6 against the spread at the AT&T Center this year.
They are coming off a 109-99 victory against the Detroit Pistons as seven-point road favorites on Tuesday, behind a season-high 31 points from point guard Tony Parker. LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
San Antonio has covered seven of nine games during its overall winning streak, with only one decided by less than six points. For Thursday night, it is listed as a 5.5-point betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.
The Cavaliers have not been nearly as good at covering games during their winning streak, going 3-4-1 ATS. They are just 1-3 ATS in the first four games of a six-game road trip that will wrap up in Houston against the Rockets on Friday.
Cleveland needed overtime to knock off the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 on Tuesday, as LeBron James scored a game-high 27 points and Kyrie Irving totaled 22 points and nine assists. The Cavs are 9-1 SU but 5-5 ATS with Irving since he returned from knee surgery.
Irving scored a career-high 57 points the last time Cleveland visited the Spurs March 12, leading his team to a 128-125 overtime victory as a 1.5-point road favorite.
That win snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Cavs versus San Antonio, and they covered the spread for only the third time in the past 12 meetings, according to the Odds Shark NBA database. Irving played 47 minutes in that game, making 20-of-32 shots from the field—including 7-of-7 from three-point range—and going 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.
His outstanding performance overshadowed Parker scoring a team-high 31 points and Kawhi Leonard nearly notching a triple-double with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Spurs.