The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Los Angeles Lakers in a Monday evening matchup at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Cavaliers are 23-12 at home this season and 41-30 overall. The Lakers enter at just 30-41 overall and 10-24 in road tilts. Jarrett Allen (finger), Rajon Rondo (ankle) and Dean Wade (knee) are out for Cleveland. Anthony Davis (foot) is out for Los Angeles, with LeBron James (knee) and Wayne Ellington (illness) listed as questionable.
Cleveland is listed as a five-point home favorite, and tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the Over-Under, is 227 in the latest Lakers vs. Cavaliers odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Lakers vs. Cavaliers match-up, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Cavaliers and just locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Cavaliers vs. Lakers:
- Lakers vs. Cavaliers spread: Cavaliers -5
- Lakers vs. Cavaliers over-under: 227 points
- Lakers vs. Cavaliers money line: Cavs -220, Lakers +180
- LAL: The Lakers are 15-13 against the spread in non-conference games
- CLE: The Cavs are 16-11-1 against the spread in non-conference games
Featured Game | Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Why the Lakers can cover
The Lakers have notable characteristics on both sides of the floor. Los Angeles is fantastic at generating havoc on defense, headlined by 14.9 turnovers created per game. The Lakers are in the top eight of the NBA in steals (7.8 per game) and in the top five in blocks (5.5 per game), putting pressure on the opposition. Cleveland is below-average on offense, scoring only 110.4 points per 100 possessions, and the Cavaliers are second-worst in the NBA in avoiding turnovers.
On offense, the Lakers put pressure on the rim with 48.4 points per game in the paint. That ranks in the top 10 of the NBA, and Los Angeles is also above-average in field goal accuracy (46.5 percent) and two-point accuracy (54.0 percent). Los Angeles is also in the top 10 of the NBA in free throw attempts, averaging 22.3 per game, and the Lakers are elite in scoring 14.8 fast break points per game.
Why the Cavaliers can cover
Cleveland is enjoying a fantastic overall season, and this is also a juicy matchup for the Cavaliers. The Lakers are No. 24 in the NBA in offensive rating, scoring 1.09 points per possession, and Los Angeles is No. 25 in both offensive rebound rate and second-chance points per game. Los Angeles is also second-worst in the league in free throw accuracy, and there are defensive issues for the Lakers.
Los Angeles is No. 29 in the NBA in fast break points allowed, illustrating a struggling transition defense, and the Lakers are in the bottom five of the NBA in points allowed in the paint, free throw attempts allowed, and assists allowed per game. Cleveland has top-10 marks in field goal percentage, two-point percentage and assists per game on offense, and the Cavaliers are elite on defense. Cleveland ranks No. 4 in the NBA in points allowed per possession, and no team allows fewer free throw attempts per game than the Cavaliers.
How to make Cavaliers vs. Lakers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, with the teams projected to combine for 223 points. The model also says one side of the spread has all of the value. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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