Two teams from different conferences sitting on opposite sides regarding the playoff race are clashing tonight, when the rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers (29-36), who want to return to the winning ways, are hosting the playoff bound Cleveland Cavaliers (38-27), who have the Pacers half a game behind them and are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat. Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-11-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +2
Lakers have a 29-36 record (35-30 against the spread) so far this season. Los Angeles currently reside in 11th place of the overall Western Conference standings. The Lakers have lost two of their last three matches. And in their last game LA lost on the road against the Nuggets with a 116-125 score, not beating the odds. They show impressive offensive pluralism with seven players in double digit scoring, led by Brandon Ingram with 16.2 ppg. The rookie adds 5.4 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Isiah Thomas with 15.5 ppg and 5.4 assists, while Kyle Kuzma adds 15.3 ppg and 6 rebounds.
Cavaliers have a 38-27 record (21-43-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Clippers with a 102-116 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 26.9 ppg. The All Star adds 8.4 rebounds and a team high 9 assists per game. He is followed by Kevin Love with 17.9 ppg and a team high 9.4 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Cavaliers won at home with a 121-112 score. Lakers are 16-15 at home so far this season. While the Cavs are 16-16 on the road. Cavaliers are better both offensively, scoring 110 ppg to Lakers’ 108.4 and defensively, allowing 109.8 ppg to Lakers’ 110.2. They also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.47% to Lakers’ 46.17% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.61% to Lakers’ 34.45%. Lakers on the other hand are better in rebounding (46.3 to 42.1) and in assists made (23.9 to 23.6). Cavaliers are desperate for this win that will keep them in front of the Pacers for the third place of the East. Vegas odds give them a -2 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory tonight.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers -2 (-109)
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