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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds
Los Angeles looks to cover the Lakers-Cavaliers pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 15-21 mark when they host Cleveland in NBA action.
Los Angeles battles the Cavaliers, currently with a 9-29 mark (17-21 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 20-15-1 for the Lakers and 20-18 for the Cavaliers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Cavaliers were listed as 5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 216.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 11-rated Lakers and the No. 27-rated Cavaliers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 101-95 win for the Lakers on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 103.1 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 25 at 99.8 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 45.2% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 41.9% per game.
Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.4 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Cleveland was a 98-91 loser on the road against the Nuggets. They covered the 12.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (189) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Cleveland got 28 points from Kyrie Irving en route to a 98-91 loss against Denver on Friday at Pepsi Center.
The Lakers were a 116-101 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (217) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Lakers wasted a 28-point performance from Kobe Bryant as Oklahoma City ran past them 116-101 on Friday at STAPLES Center.
Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Sacramento are 4-6
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8
A few Cavaliers at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland's last 10 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
Cleveland is 9-4 SU in their last 13 games when playing LA Lakers
Cleveland is 3-10 SU in their last 13 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the LA Lakers last 10 games when playing Cleveland
LA Lakers are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 6 games
Cleveland at Sacramento, Monday, January 14
LA Lakers home to Milwaukee, Tuesday, January 15