Cleveland Cavaliers (12-27) at Los Angeles Lakers (32-7)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 13, 2020 at 10:30 p.m. (Staples Center)
Line/Odds: Lakers (-14); Over/Under: 221
Free NBA Prediction Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers
This will be the first of two meetings between the Cavs and Lakers. Last season, these two teams split the season series with each team taking a win on the road. LeBron James played in just one of the two games which the Lakers won. Both teams’ rosters since their last meeting (on this day last year) have changed exponentially. Five players who played in that game for the Cavaliers are no longer on their roster this season while the Lakers had eight players who played in that game that are no longer on their roster. Both teams have improved since their last meeting as they have more wins this season at 39 games played than they did at 44 games during their last meeting.
Though this has not been a good season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, they have a better record this season than they did at this same point last season. Last season, the Cavaliers were 8-31 having just lost their eighth straight of what would be 12 straight losses. That 12-game losing streak would be snapped against the team they are playing tonight the Los Angeles Lakers. The Cavaliers have been in the midst of controversy involving comments made by their head coach John Bellein but they have not let that affect their play on the court.
They have won their last two games winning against the Detroit Pistons in overtime this past Thursday and against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Kevin Love, who has been in the midst on trade rumors and his own individual controversy has played well as of last averaging 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his last three games. Tristan Thompson has also been a bright spot for the Cavs in the last three games averaging 20.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks including scoring a career high 35 points against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
The Lakers are in the midst of an eight-game win streak that precedes a four-game losing streak peaked by a Christmas Day loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. They are coming off possibly their most impressive win of the season beating an Oklahoma City Thunder team that had won 11 of their last 13 games without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Danny Green in the lineup. Kyle Kuzma scored a season high 36 points in the game while Rajon Rondo scored a season high 21 points while almost going for a triple double adding 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Kyle Kuzma in the last three games is averaging 26.0 points and 6.3 rebounds. The Lakers have yet to lose to a team with a record below .500 going 20-0 against said teams. Of those games, eight came against Eastern Conference opponents with five coming on their home floor. They have won their last five home games with four coming against opponents with a record below .500.
Cleveland are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games.
Cleveland are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games against LA Lakers.
Cleveland are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Pacific division.
Los Angeles Lakers
LA Lakers are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games.
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games this season.
This game could be interesting as the Lakers could be without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley as their status for this game is either probable or questionable. However, the Cavaliers are also dealing with injuries as Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Porter Jr. will both be out for this game. I am tempted to go with the Cavaliers in an upset due to the uncertainty behind the Lakers but not tempted enough to actually do it. I have the Lakers winning in what could be a close, competitive game.
Los Angeles Lakers