With LeBron resting vs Rockets, think twice about betting Cleveland


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LeBron James is resting Tuesday night against the visiting Houston Rockets and history says, fade the Cavaliers when the “King” doesn’t play.

This will be the 16th time since returning to Cleveland in 2014-15, James has missed a game due to injury or rest and the Cavaliers haven’t just struggled when the four-time MVP is out of the lineup, they have been downright awful, especially when it comes to covering the spread.

The last time James missed a game was a Mar. 15 home game versus Dallas, in which the Cavs did manage to squeak out a 99-98 win, but were unable to cover the 5.5-point chalk. The Cavaliers opened that game as high as -10 before James was ruled out. The finish made Cleveland a putrid 2-13 against the spread and 3-12 straight up without James.

The news LeBron missing tonight’s game came out early, thus the Cavs opened as slight 1.5-point favorites over the Rockets and has actually moved to Cleveland -2.  Seventy-seven percent of wagers are on Cleveland according to our Covers Consensus.

Additionally, the Cavaliers have been a money under bet when LeBron sits out, with the Under going 13-2 in those 15 games. Tonight’s total sits 211.5.

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