Free NBA Hoops Pick: Cavaliers vs Lakers Lines
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44-18 (17-12 A) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. LA Lakers (9-21 H) 14-51
What is going on in Los Angeles?
The Lakers have looked impressive in back to back games and get another test on Thursday night as they welcome in the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lebron James and company will be in the midst of a 4 game west coast swing, that will see them play in Sacramento on Wednesday night, before coming to LA.
The Cavaliers had very little problem with Los Angeles last time these two teams met in Kobe Bryant’s final game in Cleveland.
However, things have turned a bit on the Cavaliers, as they are certainly the most dramatic first place team.
First, it started with David Blatt, who was just 2 games away from a title last season, getting fired earlier this year. Now, it’s Kyrie Irving who is said to be unhappy with his current situation.
Through all the rumors and nonsense, the Cavaliers come in off a rare home loss. The loss especially hurt because the Grizzlies were without many starters and big point gettings.
The Cavaliers must regroup now as they take aim at this 4 game road trip, where a slip up in focus, could open the door for Toronto. Currently, Cleveland leads the Raptors for the 1 seed by just 2.0 games.
Cleveland will be in Sacramento Wednesday, then play the Los Angeles teams back to back and finish the trip up in Utah.
The fans that went into the Staples Center on Sunday expected to see one of the best in the league, Steph Curry, put on a show. When they left, it’s fair to say they weren’t sure what they just saw.
A Lakers win, over the best team in the NBA who is chasing the record books was something else for this Los Angeles team. Then, two nights later, something else odd happened. The Lakers erased a 7 point early deficit and took down the Orlando Magic, making it back to back wins.
With the wins, the Lakers now have 14 wins on the season, with now 9 of those coming at home.
Los Angeles has won both games by using their high pressured defense and forcing many turnovers, combined with transition buckets. They have really ran both the Warriors and Magic out of the gym.
They certainly do not matchup with Cleveland, especially with size, but using that same mentality defensively is going to be essential here. Forcing the Cavaliers into some tough jump shots and protecting the rim will be important.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
- Cavaliers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Lakers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Central.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. LA Lakers NBA Prediction:
It’s foolish to think Los Angles can compete with 3 straight teams right?
It will all depend on Cleveland’s attitude. They will be coming in on a back to back and if they really struggle in Sacramento, it could affect their play here. However, the Cavs are too good for another mental lapse.
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Look for Lebron James and company to not use tired legs as an excuse here as they get a little bit of a game, but pull away late from the Lakers.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 110 – Los Angeles 97
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