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 hasnâ€™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.
Clevelandâ€™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 Â½-point underdog in their first road game of the season.
â€œTheyâ€™ll never improve on this trend until they get (James) some help,â€ says Covers Expert Shawn Torrey. â€œThe LeBron factor causes them to get a little bit too much respect on the (road).â€
Cavs on the road in LeBron era
YearÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ATS RoadÂ Â Â Â Â Â ATS OverallÂ
2006-07Â Â 5-9-1Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 13-19-1Â
2005-06Â Â 20-19-2Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 43-36-3Â
2004-05Â Â 16-24-1Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 40-41-1Â
2003-04Â Â 19-21-1Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 40-41-1