Cavaliers vs. Spurs Prediction and Odds for Monday, December 12 (Go Over With Spurs Poor Defense)

Dec 9, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley (4) dunks during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley (4) dunks during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cleveland Cavaliers start a two game Texas road trip on Monday in San Antonio against the lowly Spurs.

This is a battle between the best defense in the Cavaliers and the worst defense in the San Antonio Spurs. How should we handicap this battle when looking at the over/under with such contrasts on the defensive side of the floor?

Before we dish out a best bet, let’s check out the odds:

Cavaliers vs. Spurs Odds, Spread and Total

Cavaliers vs. Spurs Prediction and Pick

With the league’s worst defense, the Spurs match that with a fast pace, seventh in the league, according to NBA.com, which means there will be more possessions and opportunities for the Cavs top 12 offense to score on.

The issue is, will the Spurs be able to do their part to clear this below average total? The team may be 29th in offensive rating, but they are 22nd in effective field goal percentage, turnovers typically plague their offense, and the team takes three’s at an above average clip.

Yes, the Cavs have the best defense in the league, bolstered by two big men in Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, who shut down the paint, but the Spurs can sit outside the perimeter and hoist from beyond the arc all game long. With a depressed total due to the Cavs lockdown defense, this game script should feature a ton of three-point attempts and extra possessions, so I’ll go over on Monday night.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.