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Lakers open as NBA underdog vs Cavaliers

Los Angeles LakersCleveland Cavaliers
16-32February 05, 2014, 07:00 | Quicken Loans Arena16-32

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Los Angeles when they hit take on the Cavaliers on Wednesday in pro hoops betting action.

The Cavaliers sport a record of 16-32 and 19-29 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Lakers sit at 16-32 and 26-22 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 22-26 for the Cavaliers and 26-20-2 for the Lakers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

The Lakers were listed as 4.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 210 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

This game pits the Cavaliers, currently No. 22 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Lakers, who rate No. 30 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 90-88 victory for the Cavaliers.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 109-99 loser on the road against the Timberwolves. They covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (208) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles got 24 points from Nick Young but lost anyway 109-99 against the Timberwolves on Tuesday at Target Center.

Cleveland was a 124-107 loser in its last match on the road against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 231 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Cleveland got 27 points from Kyrie Irving en route to a 124-107 loss against Dallas on Monday at American Airlines Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Lakers rank No. 20 in the league with 42.5 per game. That compares with Cleveland’s No. 12 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cleveland is the NBA’s No. 19-ranked team at 7.1 per game, while the Lakers rate No. 5 with 9.15 per contest.

A few Lakers at Cavaliers trends to consider:
LA Lakers is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games
LA Lakers is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
LA Lakers is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of LA Lakers's last 12 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games
Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Los Angeles at Philadelphia, Friday, February 7th
Cleveland at Washington, Friday, February 7th