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Vegas is not buying the media hype surrounding the demise of the 20-20 Cleveland Cavaliers. The self anointed Cavs were tabbed the World Champions before the season started when they assembled the new “Big 3” with LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Unfortunately for the Cavs they’ve suffered through the first part of the season with a new coach, players trying to fit in and of course an injury to James. After losing six straight games they’re proclaimed DONE by the media! They have no chance to win a Championship and the franchise is in serious trouble at the end of the season with LeBron and Love having opt-out clauses in their contracts.
HOLD THE PRESSES! Despite everything that’s gone wrong in Cleveland the guys “in-the-know” in Vegas have them the favorite at 2/1 to win the East. That’s right, the 20-20 Cavs are the odds on favorite to represent the East in the Finals over the 31-8 Hawks, 27-12 Wizards, 26-14 Bulls and 26-12 Raptors.
According to our rankings the schedules of the Bulls (28th), Raptors (27th), Wizards (26th) and Hawks (21st) are some of the weakest in the entire NBA. Cleveland on the other hand has played the 14th toughest schedule in our opinion having faced 19 teams that currently have a .500 or better record.
In their next ten games the Cavs will face six opponents that currently have losing records and they should be favored in at least eight of those games. A good opportunity to play on the Cavaliers is January 25th when they host the Thunder as they might be a slight home dog in this matchup. The Cavs will be rested while the Thunder will be playing their 5th straight road game and their 4th game in a six day span.
I’m not ‘buying’ the Cavaliers right now to win the East because there isn’t any value with them at 2/1, but something tells me (and the oddsmakers agree) the Cavaliers will figure it out before the end of the season and will be in the hunt to win the East.
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