Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 2/5/14
Los Angeles Lakers (16-32) at Cleveland Cavaliers (16-32)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -6 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to snap their five-game losing streak tonight when they play host the Los Angeles Lakers from Quicken Loans Arena.
Head to head, the Lakers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Cleveland while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers on the other hand are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are a bad basketball team, there’s no other way to spin it. The Cavs are currently riding a five-game losing streak and as a result, have exactly double the amount of losses compared with wins (16-32) past the half way mark of the season. Tonight’s opponent in the Los Angeles Lakers also has the same record as Cleveland, however, they actually have an excuse as they have been ravaged with injury for basically the entire season.
On the injury front, several players for LA are questionable for tonight’s games, which makes this a hard game to cap. While Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant are definitely out, Xavier Henry, Jordan Farmer, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill will all be game time decisions. Out of that list, only Jodie Meeks (who played just one minute before getting injured) played in last night’s 109-99 defeat in Minnesota.
If you were to look for any positives for this Cleveland team it’s that they have won and covered the spread in nearly half of their home games this season. I know, I’m scrapping the barrel here right. On the flipside, the Lakers have covered the spread in six of their last eight road games, which includes Tuesday night’s game against the Timberwolves where they covered by just half a point.
I’ll admit it, I have no clue what’s going to happen in this game and to make matter’s worse, I don’t know which Lakers players are going to play and which are going to miss. This is a good spot for Cleveland to bounce back with a victory, but will it be close or a blowout? When in doubt, take the points right? Which is exactly what I’m going to do here. But If I didn’t make myself clear enough, stay away from this game...
Dan’s Pick: Los Angeles +6