After the uproar that ensued when LeBron James opted out of the second half of the Cavaliers’ home-and-home with the Grizzlies, he will more than likely suit up against the Lakers and with the way LA has played the top teams this year, he had better. The Lakers dealt the Warriors one of their four losses this season but have been in a tough slump of late.
- The Lakers are 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS in their last 4 games against the Cavaliers.
- The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games at home.
- The Cavaliers are 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games with 2 days off between games.
LA has now dropped eight of its last nine games and has covered just one spread in that span. The Lakers’ defense has been absolutely horrendous during their current slump, giving up over 110 points in all but three of their eight losses.
The Lakers’ last two wins came when they held their opponents under 100 points and that’s not likely going to happen against these Cavs. Cleveland scores an average of 110 points per game and should score a lot more than that against the youthful Lake-show.
Cleveland has been almost a guarantee against the spread in games they’ve also won as they’ve covered the number in all of their last five wins. Taking the Cavs to win and cover tonight should not scare you.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sports bettors looking to pick the Cleveland Cavaliers as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -15.5-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 217.5 for Saturday at shops such as MyBookie.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 122-87 win for the Cavaliers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Supporters of the Los Angeles Lakers have seen them go 11-18 and 12-16-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are at 18-6 and 11-12-1 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Cavaliers are 12-9-1, while the Los Angeles Lakers are 17-10. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Los Angeles injuries news.
The Cavaliers – Lakers betting odds would favor the Cavaliers if the lines were set according to power rankings. Cleveland is rated No. 5 in our latest Odds – Shark
poll, while the Los Angeles Lakers sit at No. 29.
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Los Angeles Lakers rank No. 14 in the league with 43.74 per game. That compares with Cleveland’s No. 6 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cleveland is the NBA’s No. 2-ranked team at 13.29 per game, while the Los Angeles Lakers rate No. 19 with 8.52 per contest.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Los Angeles was crushed on Monday, getting run out of the gym by Sacramento and falling 116-92 at Golden 1 Center.
The Hornets were burned for 44 points by LeBron James on Saturday as the Cavaliers picked up a 116-105 win at Quicken Loans Arena.
- LA Lakers is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
- LA Lakers is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
- LA Lakers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- LA Lakers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Cleveland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Cleveland’s last 12 games
- Cleveland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Los Angeles at Charlotte, Tuesday, December 20th
Cleveland at Milwaukee, Tuesday, December 20th