14 Jan

2024 NBA picks, Jan. 7 best bets by proven model

A cross-conference tilt has the San Antonio Spurs (5-29) matching up against the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-15) on Sunday afternoon. The Spurs have been struggling all season long, dropping nine of their last 10 games. On Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks beat San Antonio 125-121. Cleveland will look to extend its win streak to three games on Sunday. In Friday’s tilt, the Cavaliers knocked off the Wizards 114-90. Darius Garland (jaw) and Evan Mobley (knee) are both out for Cleveland.

Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. The Cavaliers are 10.5-point favorites in the latest Spurs vs. Cavaliers odds, while the over/under for total points scored is 231.5. Before making any Cavaliers vs. Spurs picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 106-59 roll on all top-rated NBA picks dating back to last season, returning well over $4,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Spurs vs. Cavaliers and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Cavaliers vs. Spurs:

Spurs vs. Cavaliers spread: Cleveland -10.5
Spurs vs. Cavaliers over/under: 231.5 points
Spurs vs. Cavaliers money line: Cleveland -520, San Antonio +386
SA: The Spurs are 1-13 in their last 14 games on the road
CLE: The Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games
Spurs vs. Cavaliers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Cavaliers can cover
Guard Donovan Mitchell is a reliable offensive weapon for Cleveland. Mitchell has the athleticism to soar to the rim with the jumper to be a nice asset from the perimeter. The four-time All-Star is eighth in the NBA in points (27.6) to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. He also leads the team in steals (1.9). In his last game, Mitchell finished with 26 points, four assists, and went 5-of-8 from downtown.

Guard Caris LeVert brings some juice off the bench. LeVert has crafty ball handles that allow him to create space on each level. The Michigan product logs 16 points and 4.2 assists per game. He’s scored 20-plus points in four of his last seven games. In the New Year’s Day loss to the Toronto Raptors, LeVert totaled 31 points and four assists. See which team to pick here.

Why the Spurs can cover
Center Victor Wembanyama has already made his presence felt on the floor. Wembanyama (7’4) has a ridiculous wingspan that gives him the ability to soar over opposing players for dunks, blocks, and rebounds. He leads the team in both points (19.2) and rebounds (10.1). On Thursday versus the Bucks, Wembanyama recorded 27 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks.

Guard Devin Vassell gives San Antonio a perimeter shooter who plays defense at a high level. Vassell can score off the dribble or as a catch-and-shoot option. The Florida State product logs 18.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. Additionally, he’s making 37% of his 3-point attempts. In his last outing, Vassell dropped 34 points, six boards, and four assists. See which team to pick here.

How to make Cavaliers vs. Spurs picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 230 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in nearly 70% of simulations. You can only see the model’s picks at SportsLine.

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