The Los Angeles Lakers (32-7) put their eight-game winning streak on the line when they meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-27) at Staples Center. The game starts at 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 13, 2020.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers Betting Prediction
The Cavaliers come in on a high note after topping the Denver Nuggets in their last matchup, 111-103, as 12.5-point underdogs. The total points for the game (214) finished just under the projected point total of 216.5. Cleveland’s 27.9 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest advantage over Denver, who had a rate of 20.4. The Cavaliers’ mark was above their season average of 23.8. Kevin Love played a pivotal role for Cleveland with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
In the Lakers’ previous matchup, they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 125-110, despite being 9-point underdogs. The game’s combined points (235) were well over the projected point total of 214. Los Angeles out-rebounded Oklahoma City. The Lakers had 12 offensive rebounds and 54 total rebounds, while the Thunder had five and 37, respectively. With 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Rajon Rondo played well for Los Angeles.
After splitting two games last season, these teams will battle for the first time this year. In the most recent game, the Cavaliers won 101-95. The Cavaliers had a better effective field goal percentage (0.472 vs. 0.434) and had a better free throw rate (0.191 vs. 0.176).
Cleveland holds records of 12-27 straight up (SU) and 17-20-2 against the spread (ATS). Of the Cavaliers’ 39 games, 20 have finished over the total.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles is 32-7 SU and 21-17-1 ATS. Games involving the Lakers tend to go under the projected point total (56.4 percent).
Los Angeles could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their high-powered offense goes up against one of the worst defenses in the NBA. The Lakers rank fourth in offensive efficiency, while Cleveland ranks 29th in defensive efficiency.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers Odds Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Lakers, O/U – Over
On the road, Cleveland is 9-9-1 ATS with 10 overs and 9 unders.
At home, Los Angeles is 10-8-1 ATS with 12 unders and 7 overs.
In contests where they hold opponents under 100 points, Cleveland is 4-3 and Los Angeles is 13-0.
When reaching the century mark, the Cavaliers are 11-17 and the Lakers are 28-7.
Los Angeles averages 7.4 blocks per game, which ranks first in the league. Cleveland ranks last in blocks allowed per game (6.6).
The Lakers average 53.5 points in the paint per game, which ranks second in the NBA. The Cavaliers rank 29th in points allowed in the paint per game (52.8).
Los Angeles ranks fifth in steals per game (8.5) while Cleveland ranks 29th in steals allowed per game (8.8).
The Lakers rank sixth in points off turnovers per game (18.2) while the Cavaliers rank last in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.7).
Los Angeles ranks second in fast break points per game (18.1) while Cleveland ranks 26th (10.5).
The Lakers rank fifth in assists allowed per game (22.8) while the Cavaliers rank 27th (25.6).
Los Angeles ranks fifth in second chance points per game (14.6) while Cleveland ranks 16th in second chance points allowed per game (13.2).
The Lakers rank third in rebounds allowed per game (42.0) while the Cavaliers rank sixth (43.5).
Over its last five outings, Cleveland is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
Los Angeles is 3-1-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over its last five games.
The Cavaliers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.2, down from 8.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lakers have scored an average of 120.0 points per game (6.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 104.6 points per game (0.6 below their season average).