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Cavs are Struggling To Cover Spreads As Double-Digit Faves

After his team endured some early-season struggles, LeBron James has put the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back of late and will look to put forth another fantastic performance when the wine and gold seek to collect their 16th win in 17 games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

MyBookie opened the Cavs as 9.5-point home favorites with a total of 219.

Shark Bites
  • The Lakers are 0-6 SU in their last six games against the Cavaliers.
  • The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against Central teams.
  • The Lakers are 4-17 SU in their last 21 games in December.

James tied a career high with 17 assists while notching 25 points in Cleveland’s last triumph, a 123-114 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Shooting guard Dwyane Wade sat out that game with a knee injury and was day-to-day as of this writing.

The Lakers are coming off a difficult 113-109 setback to the New York Knicks in overtime, but they did take the first two games of a four-game road trip before falling to New York. L.A. is starting a very difficult stretch with matchups against Cleveland, Golden State (twice) and Houston over the next four games.

Cleveland simply hasn’t been covering big spreads of late. In the Cavaliers’ last 12 when tabbed as faves of 12 points or more, they’re 0-12 ATS.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Cleveland Cavaliers installed as 9.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The OVER/UNDER betting line for the total number of points scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 219.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Cavaliers to win this game 115-101. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Cleveland battles the Los Angeles Lakers, currently with a 10-16 mark (12-14 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 14-13-1 for the Cleveland Cavaliers and 12-14 for the Los Angeles Lakers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Los Angeles injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Cavaliers and the No. 15-ranked Lakers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Cleveland's No. 3-ranked offense averaging 110.96 PPG, against a Los Angeles defense that ranks No. 24 at 108.88 PPG. The Cavaliers field-goal percentage has averaged 48.2% so far, more than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.43% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lakers endured a 113-109 loss at the hands of the Knicks on Tuesday, despite a 24-point effort from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at Madison Square Garden.

Atlanta was victimized for 25 points and 17 assists by LeBron James as the Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 123-114 in NBA action on Tuesday.

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Golden State, Monday, December 18
Cleveland home to Utah, Saturday, December 16