Lakers vs Cavaliers: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018, 12:00 Pm (ET)
Quicken Loans Arena
LeBron gets his second homecoming matchup in as many games, as his Lakers face off against the last place Cavs.
LeBron went off for 51 points in Sunday’s victory over the Heat. The Lakers have now won five of their last six games and are just a game and a half out of third place in the West. Due to LeBron’s scoring outburst, other Lakers didn’t have to contribute much on the offensive end. However, Tyson Chandler was a major factor on the boards. Chandler brought down 11 rebounds, his second most as a Laker, while playing the most minutes (24) in his Lakers tenure.
Does Dan Gilbert regret the way he handled LeBron’s first and second stint in Cleveland? Probably not, but considering the way this season has gone, he likely should. Kevin Love is out for the foreseeable future with injury, and it’s no secret that the team has not taken brightly to the presence of first round pick Collin Sexton, with teammates calling him a bust. Sexton currently ranks dead last in real Plus-Minus amongst all NBA point guards.
This won’t be much of a competition, however, LeBron flexed his muscles in his return to Miami, so he may rely on the young bucks of the Lakers roster to secure this victory. Look for Kyle Kuzma to get back to his scoring ways. Kuzma was on a hot four game streak, where he averaged 18.5 ppg. Yet, since then has averaged just 10.0 ppg in his last three contest. Kuzma and fellow forward Brandon Ingram should push for 20 points each in the likely Lakers victory.
Score prediction: Lakers win 117-96
- Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers: Take Lakers (SU)
The Lakers have won five out of six, and are about to make it six out of seven. LeBron has silenced all the haters that said LeBron had lost a step after his triumphant outing on Sunday. It’s no secret the disdain LeBron has for the Cavs front office and ownership. LeBron will not leave Cleveland without a victory, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it were a dominant one.
The Lakers own a top five scoring offense, but unfortunately they will be the only offense doing the majority of the scoring. Cleveland averages the 4th fewest points per game in the league, and averages an abysmal 8.2 made three pointers a game, which ranks dead last in the NBA.
Head to Head
These two teams have faced off 112 times throughout the years, with the Lakers holding a 12 game lead over the Cavaliers with a 62-50 record. The Lakers are a dreadful 1-7 vs. the Cavs since 2014.
- Cleveland games have gone UNDER in 7 of their last 7 games.
- Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning SU record.
- Cleveland has gone 1-6 SU in their last 7 games.
- Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on the road vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Los Angeles is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing SU record.
- Los Angeles is 1-7 in their last 8 games vs. Cleveland.