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NBA Game Preview - Cavaliers underdogs vs Lakers at Los Angeles

Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
13-24 January 14, 2014, 10:30 | STAPLES Center 14-23



NBA betting interest will be piqued on Tuesday when the Cavaliers of Cleveland hit the hard court against the Lakers of Los Angeles.

The Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 17-20 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Lakers are 19-18 ATS. Cleveland is 18-19 against the total, while Los Angeles is 17-18-2 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Lakers in this one found them as -1-point Favorite earlier at Bovada, while the total had been sitting in the area of 202.5 at Bovada.

This game pits the Lakers, currently No. 30 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cavaliers, who rate No. 22 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 89-87 victory for the Lakers.

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Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 124-80 loser as they battled the Kings on the road. The Cavaliers failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 204 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Cleveland was crushed on Sunday, getting run out of the gym by Sacramento and falling 124-80 at Sleep Train Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 99.3 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 20 at 101.22 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 43.56% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 42.43% per game.

Next up:
Cleveland at Portland, Wednesday, January 15th
Los Angeles at Phoenix, Wednesday, January 15th