Does Cavaliers Arena Rank Among Most Unsafe For Spectators?

Does Cavaliers Arena Rank Among Most Unsafe For Spectators?
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

The Cleveland Cavaliers extended their season on May 5 with a 106-94 win over the Orlando Magic in Game 7 of their NBA first-round playoff series. It’s the first time in six years Cleveland has advanced in the postseason, and a major boost for Ohio sports betting operators.

But it is not all good news for those attending games at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

BetOhio.com set about discovering which arenas were safest and least safe for fans attending games. We found the Cavs to be the seventh-most unsafe NBA team for fans. Here are the teams on this unfortunate list, with an explanation of our methodology below.

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Ranking NBA Arena Safety

Rank

Team

Total Score

1

Memphis Grizzlies

24

2

New Orleans Pelicans

32

3

Philadelphia 76ers

37

T4

Orlando Magic

39

T4

Golden State Warriors

39

6

Atlanta Hawks

41

7

Cleveland Cavaliers

43

T8

Washington Wizards

45

T8

Indiana Pacers

45

10

Portland Trail Blazers

48

11

Charlotte Hornets

49

12

Houston Rockets

54

T13

Denver Nuggets

55

T13

Toronto Raptors

55

15

Milwaukee Bucks

58

Unfortunately, large crowds that attend major arena events, such as NBA playoff games, might also invite unwanted activity oe even violent crime to an area. With a rise in crime in many cities across the United States, BetOhio.com – where you’ll find Ohio sportsbook promotions – created a ranking system to rank NBA arenas based on safety for spectators. Our ranking system factors in crime rating, total crime index, fanbase ranking and crime grade. All metrics are based on the exact city and zip code of each team’s stadium or arena.

Neighborhoodscout.com was used to find the violent crime and total crime index; Reddit.com’s subreddit r/nba was used to find the fan behavior ranking; CrimeGrade.org was used to find the crime grades. The higher the score, the less safe an arena is considered to be.

Where 2024 Cavaliers Stand

As for the Cavs on the court, Donovan Mitchell and crew are heading to Boston now for a second-round tilt against the Celtics, the Eastern Conference’s top seed. Having at least four more Cavs games will no doubt be a boost for Ohio sportsbook apps. After two games at the TD Garden, tonight and Thursday, the Cavs will host the Celts on Saturday and Monday. If the series goes to six games, Cleveland will get another home date May 17 at the facility formerly called Gund Arena.

Those home games will bring thousands of excited fans to downtown Cleveland to cheer their team. Cavs fans who attend the games or go downtown can take some precautions to stay safe and prevent from being targeted. The Cleveland Police Foundation urges people to sharpen their situational awareness skills.

“In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone else can keep you and your loved ones safe,” the organization posted on its website.

The foundation also encourages people to let others know where they’re going and when they expect to return. Avoid dimly lit areas, and if you’re using an ATM machine, have your card ready to use when you’re in line. Fumbling around for your wallet can distract you and make you an easier target.

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Cleveland Cavaliers 2024 NBA Odds

You can follow our Cleveland Cavaliers playoff odds with our page at BetOhio.com.

Cleveland enters the second round as the biggest underdog left standing. At bet365 Ohio Sportsbook, the Cavs’ odds of beating the Celtics are +1000. No team in the other three series is priced shorter than +230.

FanDuel Ohio Sportsbook lists Cleveland at +10000 to win the championship. At Caesars Ohio Sportsbook, Mitchell has odds of +9000 to win the NBA Finals MVP after he spearheaded a Game 7 rally on Sunday.

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