Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/14/14
Cleveland Cavaliers (13-24) at Los Angeles Lakers (14-23)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -1 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers get their first look at Luol Deng in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform tonight.
The Lakers have lost 10 of their last 11 and will be looking to rebound after getting absolutely embarassed by the Clippers by 123-87 on Friday. Kendall Marshall led six players in double figures with a nice double double of 16 points and 10 assists, but this game was long gone before the fourth quarter. The Clippers shot out of the gates to a 43-25 first quarter lead and showed no mercy after halftime as they extended that lead to as many as 42 before the final buzzer stopped the fight. With the loss, the Lakers fall to 14-23 on the season and 6-13 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers were going for a third straight victory on Sunday before getting trounced by the Kings to the score of 124-80. Kyrie Irving had a shocker of a game, missing 11 of his 14 shots to finish with just seven points as the Cavs got outscored in the second half by 65-30. The 44-point loss is the biggest loss by any team this season and drops Cleveland to 13-24 overall and a paltry 3-16 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall, while the Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the Cavs are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Under is 5-1 in the last six in Los Angeles.
Both the Lakers and Cavs will want to rebound big time and get past their respective losses, but I have to lean with the Cavs here. I'm fully aware of Cleveland's shocking road record, but they'll be up for this game and should have enough to sneak past the severely shorthanded Lakers here.