Should Be A Mismatch as Cavaliers Battle Lakers
Cleveland (12-27, 6-13 road) head to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers (32-7, 15-4 home) riding a surprising two-game wining streak. The Cavaliers have both their games on the road against Detroit, in overtime, and a shocking victory over Denver. Los Angeles has a much more impressive winning streak of eight-games heading in to tonight.
Cleveland defeated the Nuggets 111-103 in their last outing. Kevin Love had 19 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Collin Sexton finished with 25 points and Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers in one their best performances of the year. Love and Thompson helped the Cavs dominate the boards with a 55-42 rebounding advantage.
Lebron James and Anthony David didn't even need to play as the Lakers defeated Oklahoma City 125-110. Kyle Kuzma scored a season-high 36 points with two superstars on the sidelines. Rajon Rondo did his best James impersonation adding 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers.
Cavaliers Finding Their Stride?
After winning just 10 of their first 37 games, they played really well the last two games. Cleveland is 6-6 over their last 12 games and find themselves on 6 backs of the last playoff spot.
Sexton leads the team in scoring (18.7) and steals (1.0). Thompson leads the team in rebounding (10.6) and blocks (1.0) per contest. Darius Garland leads the team in assists at 3.4 per game.
Cleveland averages 105.7 points per game which is 26th in the league. They allow 113.1 points per game which is 21st in the NBA.
Lakers Playing Like The Team To Beat
Los Angeles has the second best record in the NBA behind only Milwaukee. Los Angeles has won eight straight and seven straight with a four-game lossing streak in between.
Davis leads the team in scoring (27.1), rebounding (9.4), steals (1.5) and blocks (2.6). James leads the team in assists at 10.7 a game. James averages 25.4 and Kuzma is at 13.2 as the only Los Angeles players averaging double figures.
The Lakers have one of the best offenses in the league averaging 113.5 points per game, good for 7th in the NBA. The defense holds the opponents to 105.2 points which is 3rd best in the league.
Mybookie has the Lakers as 14-point favorites. The total is set at 219.5 points.
Free Betting Pick
James should be back in the lineup as he just had a cold on Saturday. Davis isn't anticipated to play with a back injury. Even if neither played the Lakers should have plenty to beat the Cavs. This number is just too big as Cleveland is playing better. I like the Cavaliers to cover as Los Angeles distributes their minutes pretty evenly.
Cleveland 105, Los Angeles 115