Cavs vs. Lakers Prediction
LeBron James won’t face his former team tonight when the L.A. Lakers host the Cleveland Cavs at 9:30 p.m. ET at Staples. Do the Lakers even need LeBron to cover as a large home favorite?
9:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 13, 2019
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Lakers are 9.5-point favorites to beat the Cavs. The total, meanwhile, sits at 218.5 points and as of this writing, 69% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Lakers to cover the point spread.
Cleveland Cavs Fantasy Spin
Alec Burks scored 13 points (5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Rockets on Friday. Burks has been one of the few bright spots for the Cavs of late. He's averaging 14.8 points, 4.0 boards, 2.8 dimes, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.2 triples on 50% shooting over his last five games. In the last two weeks of action, he's posting top-50 value in nine-category leagues and is worth a look in most leagues while he's hot.
Los Angeles Lakers Fantasy Spin
X-rays on Michael Beasley’s right hand were negative on Friday night. He did not play the final for minutes of garbage time, so this hand issue explains that. Beasley was playing well with 17 points, including seven of those in the fourth. Beasley will likely need garbage time to hold value in most leagues because he needs a lot of usage overall, so he's more of a points streamer or deep-league play.
NBA Betting Trends
The Cavs are 7-20 against the spread in their last 27 games versus Pacific opponents.
The Lakers are 6-1 against the number in their last seven games coming off a loss of more than 10 points.
The Cavs have failed to cover the spread in four of their last five games versus the Lakers, are 1-5 against the number in their last six games overall and are just 1-5 at the betting window in their last six games coming off a loss. The Lakers, meanwhile, have covered in 11 of their last 16 games following an ATS loss, are 4-1-1 against the number in their last six home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400 and are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games versus Central opponents.
Saturday NBA Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -9.5