Lakers vs. Cavaliers - 1/15/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (19-20) at Los Angeles Lakers (12-27)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +6 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, TNT
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers play Thursday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost six straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, the Cavs are allowing 99.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.5 points and 7.5 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 20.7 points and 5.2 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.4 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 40.4 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to struggle on the defensive side, as they’ve given up 100-plus points in seven of their last 10 games and are allowing teams to shoot 48.9 percent from the field in their last five games. The Cavaliers are quickly becoming a disaster and need to figure something out quickly before things get too out of hand.
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The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last seven games and play their fourth straight home game. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 100.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 106.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 22.7 points and 5.4 assists while Nick Young is averaging 14 points and 2.4 rebounds. Carlos Boozer is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.5 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers have been lousy offensively, scoring less than 100 points in five of their last six games and shooting just 40.1 percent from the field in their last five games. The Lakers remain competitive but are far too inconsistent to string together multiple victories. Jordan Hill is questionable for this game with a knee injury.
The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Lakers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Both teams are impossible to trust and they're both brutal defensively. In this case, I have to go with the Lakers at home and the points. However, this may be one of those games where it's better to catch a live bet if you can to pick up the vibe of the game first.