NBA Betting Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers – Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
When: Sunday, January 13th at 9:30 PM ET
Spread: Los Angeles -9.5
The Los Angeles Lakers enter this game with a record of 23-20 and have lost three of their last five games and are coming off a road loss against the Utah Jazz by a score of 95-113 on Friday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers enter this game with a record of 8-35 and have lost twelve games in a row including a road loss against the Houston Rockets on Friday by a score of 113-141. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers are 8-35 overall and 19-24 ATS. The Cleveland Cavaliers one year after reaching the NBA Finals have become arguably the worst team in the NBA and will likely finish with one of the worst records in the league. They currently have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and trail the Charlotte Hornets by 12 games for the 8th spot in the conference which virtually eliminates them from playoff contention at the midpoint of the season. Cleveland is 19-24 ATS overall, 16-18 ATS after a loss, 11-10 ATS on the road and 18-21 ATS as an underdog.
Jordan Clarkson leads the team in scoring with 720 points. Larry Nance Jr leads the team in assists, steals and blocks with 124 assists, 58 steals and 26 blocks. Tristan Thompson leads the team in rebounds with 367.
Cleveland is averaging 102.72 points per game which ranks 28th in the NBA. They are averaging 10.77 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 12th in the NBA. They are averaging 20.28 assists per game which ranks 29th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers are allowing 113.7 points per game which ranks 23rd in the NBA. They are averaging 31.44 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 28th in the NBA. They are averaging 6.93 steals per game which ranks 6th in the NBA.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are 23-20 overall and 19-24 ATS. The Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James are a playoff team, but without him they aren’t nearly as good and with James being out the next three weeks they will have to find a way to stay alive in playoff contention. They currently have the 8th best record in the Western Conference and trail the Denver Nuggets by 6.5 games for the top spot in the conference. Los Angeles is 19-24 ATS overall, 9-10 ATS after a loss, 10-12 ATS at home and 13-16 ATS as a favorite.
LeBron James leads the team in scoring, assists and rebounds with 928 points, 243 assists and 283 rebounds. Lonzo Ball leads the team in steals with 63. JaVale McGee leads the team in blocks with 84.
Los Angeles is averaging 111.79 points per game which ranks 14th in the NBA. They are averaging 9.98 offensive rebounds per game which is tied for 17th in the NBA. They are averaging 24.35 assists per game which ranks 14th in the NBA.
The Lakers are allowing 110.86 points per game which ranks 16th in the NBA. They are averaging 36.95 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 3rd in the NBA. They are averaging 8 steals per game which ranks 13th in the NBA.
Los Angeles gets the win and cover at home
Los Angeles would be a bigger favorite and a much easier pick if LeBron James was healthy, but he is out for this game. Still the Cleveland Cavaliers are the worst team in the NBA and are playing on the road while the Lakers are still in playoff contention. I look for Los Angeles to get the win and cover at home against Cleveland on Sunday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.