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Lakers vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • Date: Tuesday, December 6th
  • Betting Odds CLE -4, LAL +148 | CLE -182 O/U 224.0

So far, the Lakers have put together an overall record of 10-12, while going 10-11-1 vs the spread. Los Angeles comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 11.33 points.

The Lakers are coming off a 130-119 win over the Wizards. This away win came despite entering the game as the 1 point underdogs. Los Angeles played well enough in the second half to prevent the Wizards from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 18 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Anthony Davis, as he contributed 55 points while hitting 73.3% of his shots.

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The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 15-9. So far, the team has gone 14-9-1 against the spread. Looking back on Cavaliers’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 2-1 while averaging 100 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 2-1.

In their previous game, the Cavaliers were favored to win vs the Knicks. However, their 92-81 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Cleveland was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Knicks by 11 going into halftime. In the loss, Donovan Mitchell led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 36.4%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Lakers averaged 122.0 points per game vs Cleveland, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Lakers saw a boost in scoring, the Cavaliers averaged 110.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Los Angeles. This figure was similar to season-long average. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Lakers have an average scoring margin of +6 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. Los Angeles and Cleveland averaged a combined 216 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Los Angeles offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 10th ranked offense at 114.8 points per game. When looking at the Lakers pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 102.7. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 12th team in made field goals per contest.

Against the Cavaliers, the Lakers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 28th in points allowed.

This season, the Lakers offense has primarily worked through Anthony Davis and LeBron James who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 20 games, Davis is 8th in the NBA at 28.6 points per game. so far, him and James have accounted for 45% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 54.7 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, LeBron James is grabbing 8.6 rebounds for Los Angeles to go along with 6.6 assists.

The Cavaliers come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 111.3 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.1 made 3’s per game. If the Cleveland offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.3 turnovers per game.

Defensively, the Cavaliers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 105.67 points per contest (5th).

On offense, Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavaliers in scoring at 28.4 points per game, placing him 10th in the NBA. Overall, Mitchell has hit 48.6% of his shots while accounting for 23.8% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 11th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 22.2 points per game, Darius Garland is the 2nd leading scorer for the Cavaliers. For the season, he is 83rd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 43.4%.

Lakers vs Cavaliers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Lakers +4
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 224.0

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