When LeBron James plays in Cleveland again, it will undoubtedly be a big deal, but the spotlight will be on Anthony Davis when the Lakers and Cavaliers tip off their game on Tuesday evening.
During the 8-2 run that the Los Angeles team has been on, the team’s big man has been an unstoppable force. His performance against the Wizards was a new high point in his run of dominance, as he scored 55 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in that game.
The Cavaliers, who just suffered a setback, will now try to slow him down, and they may do so without the assistance of their center, Jarrett Allen (back).
A few weeks ago, Cleveland defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in California by a score of 114-100. Los Angeles’ record improved to 2-7 as a result of the loss, while the Cavaliers improved to 8-0 with the victory. Since then, Los Angeles has a record of 8-5 while Cleveland has a record of 7-8. Despite this, the home team is favored to win against its former franchise player on national television because of its impressive record of 10-1 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse this season.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Odds
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
- Spread: Lakers +4.5 (-110) | Cavaliers -4.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Lakers (+165) | Cavaliers (-200)
- Total: 225.5 — Over (-110) | Under (-110)
Lakers Betting Profile
Record against the spread: 10-12 Record for the total number of points: 12-10 Record against the over/under: 12-10 Points per Game (Rank): 114.8 (10)
115.1 is the rank for points surrendered per game (21)
A Look at the Odds Regarding the Cavaliers
Record in games played against the spread: 13–9–2 Straight-Up Record: 15–9
Over/Under Record: 10–14 Points Per Game (Rank): 111.3 (18)
105 is the rank for Points Allowed per Game (1)
Spread Bet: Lakers +4.5 (-110)
Despite the fact that Los Angeles has struggled when playing away from the Crypto.com Arena, the team has won their last four games away from home and is currently 2-0 on this road trip. And after a terrible start to the season, the Lakers have been just as good a bet to cover as they have been to win recently—they are 8-2 against the spread over their last 10 games. This has made them just as good of a bet as they have been to win recently.
Although the Cavaliers’ offense has been struggling as of late, their defense has been performing admirably. Only one team has scored 100 points over the course of their most recent five games, and that team is the only one to do so, despite the fact that their backcourt duo of Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell has been completely healthy throughout that stretch. It is possible that Cleveland will get Allen, the defensive anchor back for the team, which is the best hope the team has of slowing down Davis.
The current trajectory of both teams suggests that the Lakers have a good chance of pulling off an upset, or at the very least of keeping this game competitive. In the first game of the season between these two teams, the Cavaliers won by a score of 14 points and had a plus-20 advantage in free throws made, which was one of the most significant differences. If that disparity is closed and Davis has another performance that is on par with his All-NBA status, then there is no way that Los Angeles won’t be in this game when it comes down to the wire.
Over/Under Bet: Under 225.5 (-110)
The Cavaliers’ game totals in their most recent games have been shockingly low. The previous game saw them score a total of 173 points between them and the Knicks. And in spite of the fact that the Lakers’ offense has scored 130 or more points in each of the last three games in a row, this is not a unit that can be counted on to score 120 points every night regardless of the opponent.
In the previous matchup, a total of 214 points were scored, and that was with Cleveland getting much more offensively out of its backcourt than it did in the previous matchup. In the process of turning things around for the team, the Los Angeles defense has taken a backseat, but the components necessary for a strong unit are still there. In addition to that, neither of the teams is known to have lit it up from the outside.
In the end, the winner will be determined by which team controls the tempo. The Cavaliers are the team with the slowest pace in the league, while the Lakers have the fastest pace in the league.
Bet on Anthony Davis to Score at Least 39.5 Points and Grab at Least 15 Rebounds (-120)
Davis has a season average of 41.4 points and rebounds combined so far this year. Over the course of his last two contests, he has finished with more than 50 points and boards combined. In point of fact, his individual point output has been greater than this total in both of these games. Even if he has a significant drop in temperature, a night with a score of 30 and 10 is still sufficient.
If Allen is unable to play, Davis will feast on the glass, and even if he is active, he will still be able to set up shop in the paint. Continue to ride Davis’ wave until he provides a valid reason to get off of it.
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