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Cleveland Cavaliers Betting and Team Guide

This Cleveland Cavaliers team guide features everything you need to know about the franchise from general information about the history, the records, and top players of the organization to regular updates and predictions for the current season.

Our main goal is to help your Cleveland Cavaliers betting efforts as much as we can.

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting in 2019-20

Let’s start by taking a look at the upcoming season and the Cleveland Cavaliers betting opportunities that will be at your disposal.

Latest Cleveland Cavaliers Odds for 2019-20

Cleveland Cavaliers to Win the 2020 NBA Championship +100000
Cleveland Cavaliers to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference +25000
Cleveland Cavaliers to Win the 2020 NBA Central Division N/A

Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 22-25 wins, miss the playoffs
  • Current Pick: No recommended bet
  • Last Updated: February 28th

Acquiring Andre Drummond at the trade deadline and not moving Kevin Love certainly raised some eyebrows in Cleveland. Apparently, Koby Altman is trying to figure out what he can do to make the Cavs competitive – something that they haven’t been at all in 2019/2020.

Cleveland has endured five losing streaks that each lasted a minimum of five games. Despite somehow winning four of their last five, they’re still tied with the Knicks and the Hawks for the fewest number of victories in all of the Eastern Conference.

It’s astonishing to think how good this team was with LeBron James compared to how horrendous they are without him.

Previous Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions

January 16th

  • Prediction: 23-26 wins, miss the playoffs
  • Pick: No recommended bet

The only thing worth betting on is whether or not the Cleveland Cavaliers end up with the worst record in basketball. At 12-29 exactly halfway through the regular season, Cleveland is at least on pace to better their 19-63 mark from the 2018/2019 campaign. Based on everything that has transpired, it’s hard to give John Beilein a vote of confidence moving forward.

December 4th

  • Prediction: 18-22 wins, miss the playoffs
  • Pick: No recommended bet

In case you are wondering just how paltry the Cavaliers have been, the following piece of data should help put things in perspective.

Cleveland is on pace to end the year more than 45 games back of the Bucks in the Central Division. Let’s not waste any time contemplating if we should take a flier on the Cavs. It’d just be a bunch of poppycock.

October 8th

  • Prediction: 20-25 wins and no chance for the playoffs
  • Pick: No recommended bet

It’s hard to find a reason to predict anything but a failure for the Cavaliers this season and the summer has done nothing to change that perception. The team simply lacks the talent to compete or rebuild at this point.

The management will have to find a way to add more youngsters and draft picks this year. This will be the main priority, as the Cavs have no chance to win more than 20-25 games.

Season Preview

As you can see by the betting odds, no one expects anything from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the upcoming season. That’s hardly a surprise, and we all knew what was going to happen once LeBron was gone. The big question was how long it would take for the team to rebuild.

The GM Koby Altman did a great job and managed to move a lot of the veterans of the franchise that had no place in the team once LeBron was gone. As a result, the Cavaliers have a couple of promising youngsters and future draft picks that will help the organization get back to some level of competitiveness.

That won’t happen in 2019-20, but if Kevin Love is healthy, the Cavaliers might enjoy some level of success. The playoffs are out of the question, but an improvement in the overall performance should at least prove some entertainment for the fans.

Cleveland Cavaliers News and Updates

February 28th, by Michael Wynn

Now it’s evident to everyone involved that the controversial comments made by John Beilein in early January never really blew over. Beilein “resigned” on February 19th which was likely music to the ears of the players.

Beilein’s short stint in the NBA included a paltry 14-40 record and few lame excuses as to why his team didn’t perform better.

Perhaps John never should have left Ann Arbor in the first place.

Previous News and Updates

January 16th, by Michael Wynn

The controversial comments John Beilein made have seemed to blow over, and some sources even say the Cavs are a closer group because of what took place. Then again, Kevin Love has been visibly frustrated with the situation in Cleveland all season long, and it seems inevitable at this point that he’ll be shipped out of town before the February 6th Trade Deadline arrives.

December 4th, by Michael Wynn

With the Cavaliers in the midst of rebuilding their franchise, rumors continue to swirl regarding a potential trade involving Kevin Love. The problem is Love is signed through 2023 making upwards up $31 million per season, so it’s not like teams will be lining up to pursue his services.

Collin Sexton has shown promise, and Darius Garland should get better with time. However, it could be a while until the Cavaliers pose as a genuine threat to any of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

October 8th, by Jerry Summer

Darius Garland gave the Cavs something to hope for in his preseason debut and Kevin Love seems ready for the new season. The health of the big man who’s the only recognized star of the team will be a big deal in the upcoming season.

The likes of Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson also impressed, but it was against the San Lorenzo Ravens. It remains to be seen where the team stands versus NBA opposition and I’m not sure the Cavaliers will like the answer.

July 15th, by Jerry Summer

After trading a bunch of veterans throughout last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are obviously entering the rebuild mode. They wanted to trade the aging J.R. Smith as well but didn’t find a suitor. As a result, the guard’s contract was waived, and he will be able to sign with another team as a free agent.

This is the latest step that shows this team’s determination to start over. It’s interesting to see what Kevin Love’s place in the whole situation is, but for now, it seems like the veteran big man will be staying with the Cavaliers.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019-20

Cleveland Cavaliers Roster in 2019-20

Betting on the Cleveland Cavaliers without knowing the roster well is not the brightest idea. This is why we decided to analyze the talent and the depth of the team. Let’s start with a full list of the current players.

  • Darius Garland – Guard
  • Collin Sexton – Guard
  • Jordan Clarkson – Guard
  • Brandon Knight – Guard
  • Matthew Dellavedova – Guard
  • Jalen Hudson – Guard
  • Sandy Cohen – Guard
  • Jordan Stevens – Guard
  • Dylan Windler – Guard
  • Renaldas Seibutis – Guard
  • Dakota Mathias – Guard
  • Kevin Porter – Guard
  • Kevin Porter Jr. – Guard
  • Phil Booth – Guard
  • Abdur-rahkman – Guard
  • Nik Stauskas – Guard
  • Cedi Osman – Forward
  • Jaron Blossomgame – Forward
  • Kevin Love – Forward
  • Larry Nance Jr. – Forward
  • Ante Zizic – Forward
  • Marquese Chriss – Forward
  • John Henson – Forward
  • Channing Frye – Forward
  • Jacorey Williams – Forward
  • Vladimir Brodziansky – Forward
  • Dean Wade – Forward
  • Anthony Lawrence – Forward
  • Brayon Blake – Forward
  • Tristan Thompson – Center
  • Dylan Osetkowski – Center
  • Marques Bolden – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

With so many changes on the roster, no one knows for sure what the starting lineup of the Cavaliers in the 2019-20 NBA season will be. And yet, we believe this is the most likely formation.

  • Collin Sexton – Point Guard
  • Jordan Clarkson – Shooting Guard
  • Cedi Osman – Small Forward
  • Kevin Love – Power Forward
  • Tristan Thompson – Center

After improving in the second part of the season, we can certainly see Collin Sexton as the main playmaker and starting point guard for the Cavaliers. The youngster is a solid shooter and creator that is only 20. This season will provide the perfect environment for Sexton to grow as a player.

The other young gun that should get the nod is Cedi Osman. He is a dynamic small forward that can do a little bit of everything. The more experienced Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Jordan Clarkson should complete the lineup, which brings a couple of question marks.

For a start, none of the starters are especially good defenders. They are mostly average in that area, which will be a concern against many teams.

The other potential issue we see is the outside shooting. Love is solid at stretching the floor, but the other guys that will be required to shoot from deep are inconsistent. The hope is that Sexton improves his percentage this season. If he doesn’t, the Cavaliers’ offense will certainly suffer.

Depth and Bench

For an organization that’s rebuilding, the Cavaliers have a surprisingly strong bench. There’s the young Ante Zizic who’s a solid center for a backup, as well as the likes of Matthew Dellavedova, Channing Frye, Larry Nance Jr., and John Henson.

They are all reliable role players, but once again, there’s not enough outside shooting. This could be the main offensive issue for the Cavaliers, as too much will be asked of Kevin Love and Collin Sexton over the course of the season.

Cleveland Cavaliers Staff in 2019-20

It’s important to know the coaching staff of every team, so let’s take a look at the guys that are expected to prepare the Cavaliers.

  • Head Coach: John Beilein
  • Coaching Staff:B. Bickerstaff (Asst. Coach), Lindsay Gottlieb (Asst. Coach), Antonio Lang (Asst. Coach), Mike Longabardi (Asst. Coach), Dan Geriot (Asst. Coach), Mike Gerrity (Asst. Coach), James Posey (Asst. Coach), Andrew Olson (Shooting Coach), Dan Vincent (Special Assistant)
  • Ownership: Dan Gilbert (majority), Gordon Gund and Usher Raymond (minority)
  • General Manager: Koby Altman

When you are rebuilding, it makes sense to get a head coach that can develop your young players, and that’s exactly what the Cavaliers did last season. The team fired Tyronn Lue early on, and for the new season, they appointed John Beilein, who has no NBA experience but has had an exceptional career as a college head coach.

The main goal in front of him won’t be tied that much to the results of the team. Instead, Beilein is expected to help Sexton, Osman, Zizic, and the other youngsters to fulfill their potential.

We saw glimpses of the team’s qualities in the second part of last season, and it’s interesting to see what will happen in 2019-20. Beilein doesn’t stand a chance to lead this team to the playoffs, but big strides in the game of the youngsters will be a sign for success.

Cleveland Cavaliers Schedule in 2019-20

Naturally, you should consider the schedule when betting on the Cleveland Cavaliers. A couple of tough visits could bring the energy of the team down, while a longer rest would do the opposite. We don’t have the dates for the new NBA season yet, but we will publish them here as soon as possible. We will also highlight the most important moments of the season.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Overview and Key Info

The Cleveland Cavaliers joined the NBA in 1970 as one of three new expansion teams, along with the Buffalo Braves and Portland Trail Blazers.

Over the franchise’s nearly 50 years, the team has won seven division titles and five conference titles. The Cavaliers didn’t make their first NBA finals appearance until 2007, though, and ultimately lost to the San Antonio Spurs in a four-game sweep.

Starting in 2014 with the return of LeBron James, the Cavs have been on a playoffs hot streak. For four seasons, they’ve faced the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. They lost in 2015, 2017, and 2018 but won their first NBA championship in 2016, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors 4-3.

The LeBron era ended when the player joined the LA Lakers before the start of the 2018-19 NBA season.

Cleveland Cavaliers – Key Info
Established
1970
Current Team Location
In Cleveland, Ohio, since 1970
Division
Eastern Conference – Central
Arena
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
G League Team
Canton Charge
Website
www.nba.com/cavaliers
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$1.325 billion

Cleveland Cavaliers History

The history of the Cleveland Cavaliers began in 1970. The Cavs, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves, were chosen as new NBA expansion teams. Since 1994, the team has played their home games at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, formerly named Quicken Loans Arena and Gund Arena.

The First Seasons

For the first four seasons, the Cavaliers finished fourth in the Central Division. Their first season record of 15-67 was the worst in the league.

Under the direction of head coach Bill Fitch, the team started changing course after a few years, though. In 1975-76, they made the playoffs for the first time. The Cavs beat the Bullets 4-3 in the Conference Semifinals but lost to the Celtics in the Conference Finals. Bill Fitch was named Coach of the Year and guided the Cavs to two more playoff years, albeit both first-round losses.

The ‘80s and ‘90s

From 1984 through 1998, Cleveland made the playoffs ten times, with their best season in 1988-89 finishing with a 57-25 record. They followed it up with another 57 wins in 1991-92 and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals but lost to the Bulls 4-2. The Bulls did them in for a second time the following season in a four-game sweep of the Conference Semifinals.

Introducing LeBron

In 2002-2003, the Cavs tied for the worst record in the league at 17-65, but things were about to change.

The organization selected LeBron James as their number-one pick in the 2003 NBA draft. In this new era, the Cavaliers started a five-season winning streak from 2005-2010, winning the first round of the playoffs every year and making their first NBA Finals appearance in 2006-07, ultimately losing to the Spurs.

NBA Champions

LeBron James went to the Miami Heat for four seasons (2010-14), and the playoff streak promptly ended. But his return in 2014 heated things up again, and from 2014-2018, the Cavaliers faced the Warriors four consecutive times in the NBA Finals. While Cleveland lost to Golden State in 2015, 2017, and 2018, they finally had their first NBA Championship title in 2016. The Cavaliers beat the Warriors four games to three, and LeBron James was named MVP.

While LeBron James is at the top of the Cavs leaderboard, the organization has retired seven players’ numbers over the years. The honorees are Brad Daugherty, Nate Thurmond, Austin Carr, Mark Price, Larry Nance, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Bobby “Bingo” Smith.

Championships and Playoffs

  • 1 NBA Championship: 2016
  • 5 Conference Titles: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2007
  • 7 Division Titles: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009, 1976

Home Court – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

  • Inaugurated: 1994
  • Renovated: 2005
  • Capacity: 20,562
  • Former Names: Gund Arena (1994-2005), Quicken Loans Arena (2005-2019)
  • Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, formerly Quicken Loans Arena and Gund Arena, is the Cavaliers’ third home court since they began in 1970. For the first four years, Cleveland Arena housed the Cavs. Then, they moved to Richfield Coliseum for 20 years until the Gund Arena was unveiled in 1994.

    The Quicken Loans name came about through Dan Gilbert, who is the chairman and founder of Quicken Loans as well as the Cavaliers, AHL Cleveland Monsters, and AFL Cleveland Gladiators, all of whom are permanent tenants at the venue.

    In 2019, the name was changed to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. That’s Quicken Loans’ online mortgage service.

    It’s the second-largest arena for seating in the NBA and offers 2,000 club seats and 88 suites.

    Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse also has the second-largest scoreboard in the NBA, nicknamed Humongotron. It features four HD screens, and large sabers positioned in each corner shoot fire when players are introduced. The arena is also known for its custom and unique 350 x 90’ LED message board ceiling.

    • Venue Address: Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Ct., Cleveland, OH 44115
    • Mailing Address: Cleveland Cavaliers, c/o Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Ct., Cleveland, OH 44115
    • Phone: 216-420-2200

    Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coaches

    The Cavaliers have had 22 head coaches since they began in 1970. The first, Bill Fitch, is one of the top ten coaches in NBA history. Fitch coached for 738 games plus 18 playoffs from 1970-1979. He was the 1975-76 Coach of the Year.

    Like Fitch, Chuck Daly (1981-82) and Lenny Wilkens (1986-1993) are also on the NBA’s top ten coaches list. Chuck Daly only spent part of the 1981-82 season with the Cavs. Lenny Wilkens, on the other hand, was at the helm for 574 games, recording a 316-258 win-loss with a .551 winning percentage. In the playoffs, he had an 18-23 record.

    Mike Brown coached more playoff games than anyone else. He held the position for five seasons from 2005-2010 and had a regular season .663 winning percentage. Brown led the team to a 2007 Eastern Conference Championship and a 42-29 playoffs record (.562) during his tenure.

    Last 10 Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coaches
    # Years Name W-L % Playoffs % Championships
    22 2019- John Beilein X-X X X-X
    21 2018-19 Larry Drew 19-57 .250 X-X
    20 2016-18 Tyronn Lue 128-83 .607 61-41 .672 2016
    19 2014-16 David Blatt 83-40 .675 14-6 .700
    17b 2013-14 Mike Brown 33-49 .402 X-X
    18 2010-13 Byron Scott 64-166 .278 X-X
    17a 2005-10 Mike Brown 272-138 .663 42-29 .592
    16 2005 Brendan Malone 8-10 .444 X-X
    15 2003-05 Paul Silas 69-77 .473 X-X
    14 2003 Keith Smart 9-31 .225 X-X
    13 2001-03 John Lucas 37-87 .398 X-X
    12 1999-01 Randy Wittman 62-102 .378 X-X

    You know you’ve made an impact as a coach when you take a team that has never had an NBA Championship in 45 years, and you guide them to one in your first season. That’s what happened with Coach Tyronn Lue, who replaced David Blatt in 2016.

    Blatt was with the Cavs from 2014-16 and is one of three coaches, along with Lue and Mike Brown, to have a .600+ winning percentage. The team, under Coach Blatt, recorded an Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

    Tyronn Lue was an assistant coach under Blatt and replaced him midway through 2016. That same season, the Cavs won their first and only NBA Championship to date with a 4-3 win over the Golden State Warriors.

    After LeBron James left the Cavaliers, they lost the first six games of the 2018-2019 season, and there was pressure between the youngsters and the veterans on the team. That was enough for the executives to change the direction by firing Tyronn Lue.

    His assistant Larry Drew was the interim boss by the end of the season, when college coaching legend John Beilein was appointed.

    Cleveland Cavaliers Last Five Seasons

    Season Coach Finish W-L % Playoffs Points Leader (avg/game)
    2018-19 Tyronn Lue/Larry Drew 5th 19-63 .232 Kevin Love (17)
    2017-18 Tyronn Lue 1st 50-32 .610 Lost NBA Finals LeBron James (27.5)
    2016-17 Tyronn Lue 1st 51-31 .622 Lost NBA Finals LeBron James (26.4)
    2015-16 Blatt/Lue 1st 57-25 .695 Won NBA Championship LeBron James (25.3)
    2014-15 David Blatt 1st 53-29 .646 Lost NBA Finals LeBron James (25.3)

    Cleveland Cavaliers All-Time Career Leaders

    Category Name Stats Years
    Points LeBron James 23,119 2003-2010, 2014-2018
    Average Pts/Game LeBron James 27.23 2003-2010, 2014-2018
    Assists LeBron James 6,228 2003-2010, 2014-2018
    Rebounds LeBron James 6,190 2003-2010, 2014-2018

    LeBron James

    There’s one name at the top of the Cavaliers’ all-time leaderboard, and that’s LeBron James. The small forward and shooting guard has had two stints with the Cavaliers in 2003-2010 and then again in 2014-2018. He is the franchise’s leader in points, average points per game, assists, rebounds, steals, 3-pointers, and games played.

    LeBron is from Akron, Ohio, and was the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first pick overall in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2004, and the awards and achievements go on and on from records set to MVP designations to All-Star status.

    James is a 14 consecutive year NBA All-Star from 2004-2018 and was named the All-Star Game’s MVP three times. He’s a 12-time All-NBA First Teamer and named the NBA’s MVP for four seasons. In 2008, LeBron was the NBA’s scoring champion.

    He was twice-named AP Athlete of the Year and twice-named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 2013 and 2016. LeBron represented the US in three Olympic games with gold medals in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London and bronze in 2004 in Athens. After 11 seasons with the Cavaliers and four with the Miami Heat (2010-2014), LeBron joined the Los Angeles Lakers in the fall of 2018. 

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas

    With LeBron James dominating the Cavaliers’ record books, it’s difficult for anyone else to claim a top spot. But Zydrunas Ilgauskas spent 14 seasons with the Cavs from 1996-2010 and is just below LeBron, taking second place in points with 10,616 as well as rebounds with 5,904.

    Ilgauskas is a Lithuanian American who played professionally for Atletas in his home of Kaunas from 1993-1996 before the Cavaliers picked him in the first round of the 1996 draft. The center was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1998 and was the MVP of the NBA Rookie Challenge.

    He’s also a two-time NBA All-Star in 2003 and 2005. In 2010, Ilgauskas signed with the Miami Heat for one season before retiring. Cleveland retired his number 11 jersey.

    Mark Price

    Mark Price is second to LeBron James in assists with 4,206 in nine seasons. Price played college ball at Georgia Tech where he remains the Yellow Jackets’ all-time leader in steals, consecutive games started, and 3-point field percentage. He was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round in 1986 but immediately acquired by Cleveland.

    The point guard spent nine seasons with the Cavaliers (1986-1995) and then went on to play for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Orlando Magic before converting from a player to a coach in 1998. He’s a four-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA 3-Point Shootout Champion, and joined the 50-40-90 club in 1989.

    His number 25 was retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mark Price retired with career stats including 10,989 points, 1,848 rebounds, and 4,863 assists.

    Cavaliers Trivia

    The Cavaliers name came from a winning contest entry made by Jerry Tomko, who happened to be the father of future MLB pitcher Brett Tomko.

    In the four years that LeBron James left Cleveland for the Miami Heat, the playoff switch immediately went to “off” as the Cavaliers finished fifth for three seasons and third in 2013-14. LeBron returned, and so did playoff action.

    When the Cavaliers won the NBA Championship in 2016, they had come back from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors.

    Even though his father’s number 22 was retired by Cleveland, Larry Nance Jr. was given the honor of being able to wear it when he was traded to the Cavaliers by the Lakers in 2018.

    In Cleveland’s inaugural 1970 season, they were 0-15 before winning their first game.