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L.A. Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/13/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Cavaliers at L.A. Lakers
Date & Time Sunday January 13, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)
Location
STAPLES Center
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles -9.5 -- Over/Under 218.5
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NBA | Cleveland Cavaliers at L.A. Lakers
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Sunday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a world of hurt as they’ve lost 14 of their last 15 games and they will be hoping to snap an ugly 12-game losing streak after getting blown out by the Rockets in a 141-113 road loss on Friday. Ante Zizic led the team in scoring with 18 points off the bench, Cedi Osman added 15 points while Collin Sexton chipped in with 14 points and five assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 44 percent from the field and nine of 33 from the 3-point line but this game was over before it really began as the Cavaliers were slow out of the gates and found themselves down by 20 points in the first quarter. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 8-35 overall and 3-18 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have fallen off the pace with six losses in their last nine games and they will be looking to bounce back after having their two-game win streak halted by the Jazz in a 113-95 road loss on Friday. Michael Beasley led the team with 17 points off the bench, Brandon Ingram added 15 points while Kyle Kuzma chipped in with 11 points on just four of 18 shooting. As a team, the Lakers shot a miserly 35 percent from the field and just five of 27 from the 3-point line and they were always fighting a losing battle after getting outscored by 62-41 in the first half. With the loss, Los Angeles felt o 23-20 overall and 9-12 on the road. LeBron James has missed the last nine games and will remain out for at least the next three games.

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record, 0-4 ATS in their last four Sunday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss of more than 10 points, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team below .400 and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games.

Head to head, the over is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings, the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings and the Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings.

The Cavaliers really took it to the Lakers back on Nov 21 in LeBron’s return to Cleveland, so they will be keen to go one better this time, but they just haven’t been able to buy a win lately. The Lakers’ long injury list has really taken its toll, but there would be no excuse for losing to the Cavaliers at home. The Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss of more than 10 points and I think they bounce back with a solid home win to steady the ship.

Pick:
Los Angeles -9.5

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