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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


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.

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