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Cavaliers open as NBA underdog vs Lakers

Cleveland CavaliersLos Angeles Lakers
Jan 13, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

5-5TEAM RECORD8-4

The Lakers will be trying to slam the Cavaliers on Friday when the teams tip off at STAPLES Center in NBA betting action.

The Lakers are 8-4 so far on the season, and 7-5 ATS vs. the number. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are 5-5 and 6-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 3-9 and the Cavaliers go 4-6 on the totals.

View Cleveland vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Lakers in this one will find them as 11-point favorites, while the total was sitting at 187.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 6-rated Lakers and the No. 20-rated Cavaliers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 99-95 win for the Lakers on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 1-rated squad against Cleveland's No. 12-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 26 in the league with 3.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 5 with 7.6 per outing.

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.3 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 17 in the league in scoring at home.

The Cavaliers were a 101-90 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Suns. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (191) made winners of UNDER bettors. Kyrie Irving went off for 26 points and added 3 rebounds leading Cleveland over Phoenix, 101-90, on Thursday at US Airways Center.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 90-87 winner as they battled the Jazz on the road. The Lakers covered in the match as a 2-point favorite, while 177 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Utah was victimized by Kobe Bryant for 40 points as the Lakers defeated the Jazz 90-87 in NBA action on Wednesday.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Charlotte are 6-4
After playing Phoenix are 8-2
After a win are 3-7

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing LA Clippers are 10-0
After playing Utah are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Cavaliers at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 8 games when playing Cleveland
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Charlotte, Monday, January 16
LA Lakers at LA Clippers, Saturday, January 14

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