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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. L.A. Lakers
NBA: Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 9:30 PM EST
Needless to say, the Cavaliers miss LeBron James, as the team has fell apart since he left and Kevin Love was injured and has missed most of the season. Also, the team has the fewest wins in the NBA and they are under investigation for signing Patrick McCaw to an offer sheet only to waive him three days later. Cleveland has given up at least 141 points in each of their last two games and on top of everything Larry Nance Jr. (8.8 ppg 7.5 rpg) is out for 2-3 weeks with a knee injury.
The Lakers had their two-game winning streak snapped in their last game, but they have still not fared well with James injured. He is expected to miss a few more games, so he will not be facing his former team. L.A. is still in the top eight in the West with a one game lead over the Utah Jazz, who they lost to in their last game, and for season they rank in the middle of the pack in both ppg and points allowed.
The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games facing the Cavaliers.
Slow start in another blowout loss
The Cavs were on the road in their last game losing to the Houston Rockets 141-113 where they were outscored by 20 points in the first quarter giving up 42 points.
Harden’s huge half thwarted our #CavsRockets momentum last night in Houston, and the squad couldn’t bounce back.
HIGHLIGHTS: https://t.co/sCdHWTXgZs pic.twitter.com/lq3fU8amgb
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) January 12, 2019
They shot 44.9% from the floor and only 27.3% from 3-pt land and they allowed the Rockets to shoot 51.7% from the field. Ante Zizic more than tripled his season averaging to lead the Cavs with 18 points and only three starters scored in double figures led by Cedi Osman with 15 points.
Jordan Clarkson leads the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) with Love on the sidelines and he had scored at least 21 points in three straight games before only going for 12 on 5/15 shooting in the loss to the Rockets. Rookie Collin Sexton has not been bad, but not great either and while averaging 14.6 ppg he is only shooting 41.5% from the floor and in his last two games he has totaled 27 points, but on 6/22 shooting. This season the Cavaliers are only 3-18 on the road and they have the fewest road wins in the league.
Cold in the 2nd period
In their last game, the Lakers were at home and lost to the Utah Jazz 113-95 and while they were only down six points after the first quarter they were outscored by 15 points and only scored 15 points. L.A. did play pretty good D holding the Jazz to a FG% of only 39.6%, but they only shot 35.9% and missed 22 of their 27 3-pointers. Michael Beasley led the Lakers with 17 points off the bench and only two starters scored in double figures one of which was Kyle Kuzma, who had 11 points on 4/18 shooting and missed all five of his 3-pointers.
Kuzma ranks 2nd after James in scoring for L.A. averaging 18.6 ppg and he had scored 41 in his previous game to the loss to the Jazz, which was a career high. Lonzo Ball has not stepped up in James’ absence only scoring 12 points in his last two games and in the loss to the Jazz he went for seven on 3/13 shooting. This season, the Lakers are 14-8 at home.
The L.A. Lakers are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points
- 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following an ATS loss
- 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
The Cleveland Cavaliers are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Kuzma has been spectacular lately, taking over for James production, at least in terms of scoring. The Cavs just don’t have the talent, whether James plays or not. The Cavs not only stink but against the spread, where they have covered just once int their last six games.
Prediction: LA Lakers
Full-Game Total Pick
The Lakers will win, but it will not be because of their defense. They will not be solid on that end of the court in this game, but the Cavs will be worse. Look for a shootout in this one with little defense and the Over is definitely the way to go in this non-conference affair.