The time when Cleveland Cavaliers ruled the Eastern Conference and were one of the best teams in the NBA passed that moment when LeBron James decided to jump to the West Coast and sign with the Lakers.
Since that moment on, the Cavs have been below mediocre team, and were struggling to get away from the bottom of the Conference.
Even though they have a young and talented team, with several big potentials brought from college, they simply can’t make a breakthrough. A lot of hope was invested in Collin Sexton, and many saw him as the new force, which will lead the franchise in the next era, yet nothing happened.
Sexton is a good player with a high ceiling, but simply, he alone wasn’t enough for making something notable. After the alt year’s draft once Cavs took Darius Garland as the No.5, the fans hoped that they might witness a creation of a dynamic duo in the backcourt, but then again, it didn’t happen.
Garland was predicted to be one of the best players in the class, and even a rival to Zion Williamson for the Rookie of the year award. Now he is not even in the offer for that bet.
The No.1 candidate is Ja Morant from the Grizzlies with the odds at 1/7, Zion is next at 7/1, slightly ahead of Miami’s Kendrick Nunn at 9/1. For all bets from PA, check out this page on olbg.com/us. We will mention just a few more players, RJ Barrett from the Knicks, 20/1, Tyler Herro from the Heat 22/1, Rui Hachimura from the Wizards at 40/1.
The Cavs are projected to have the second pick in this year’s draft if everything stays like this, and the NBA decides to use the current rankings in the draft lottery. Of course, the Golden State Warriors have the highest prospects to take the No.1 pick, and right after GSW are the Cavs.
This draft will offer plenty of potentials, with several excellent talents. According to the majority of experts, Anthony Edwards, a guard from Georgia Bulldogs, is expected to go first.
The odds on that to happen are 3/4. Behind him is Jameis Wiseman, a center from the Memphis Tigers with 5/2, who is the guy projected to land in Cleveland. The Cavs need a big man, and Wiseman would be a perfect addition to their roster. LaMelo Ball is third with 4/1, NCAA Player of the Year Obi Toppin fourth 8/1, and European prospect Dani Avdija from Maccabi Tel Avivi fifth at 14/1.
Cleveland showed an improvement during the last few matches, as they defeated some pretty good teams, including San Antonio, Miami, Philadelphia, and Denver Nuggets twice. The one against the Nuggets was pretty surprising because Jokic and the boys defeated the Milwaukee Bucks just two days later.
Denver was a massive favorite here, with -8.5 spread. So to clarify odds on hosts to win or to lose up to nine points were at 9/10. The odds on their play win were 1/6, while on the other side, for Cleveland to triumph were 5/1. Double chance on the Cavaliers was 5/2. Furthermore, they held one of the best offenses in the league to just 102 points, scoring 104 on the other side. It was way under the O/U margin of 218 points. Odds for under 210 points in the game were 7/3.
We can’t be 100% sure that this wasn’t just a temporary spark of the Cavs, but there there is solid talent present in their roster. If they take Wiseman, who is a very clever and mobile center, they will get a young core Garland-Sexton-Wiseman. The team would be able to become a regular playoff contender over the next decade.
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