Cavs are the underdogs during the coming west coast trip

Oddsmakers have listed the Cavs as 2 1/2-point underdogs during the coming west coast trip according to Covers.com, an online sports betting and gambling website.

The road hasn’t been very kind to the Cavaliers during the LeBron James era. Cleveland is 60-73-5 against the spread in three and a half seasons since drafting James.

To put that record into context, the Cavaliers are 136-137-6 against the spread overall since James joined the team. That record includes a 13-19-1 record this year.

Cleveland’s road record is especially poor this season. They are 6-9 straight up and 5-9-1 against the spread on the road heading into this road trip. That includes an 88-81 win in San Antonio as a 5 ½-point underdog in their first road game of the season.

“They’ll never improve on this trend until they get (James) some help,” says Covers Expert Shawn Torrey. “The LeBron factor causes them to get a little bit too much respect on the (road).”

Cavs on the road in LeBron era

Year         ATS Road        ATS Overall 
2006-07    5-9-1              13-19-1 
2005-06    20-19-2          43-36-3 
2004-05    16-24-1          40-41-1 
2003-04    19-21-1          40-41-1