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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers 01/13/20 NBA Betting Odds and Pick

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The Cleveland Cavaliers hit Hollywood on Monday night as they face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on January 13, 2020.

The Cavaliers head to Staples Center feeling good about themselves. Cleveland is coming off their biggest win of the season against the Denver Nuggets at Mile High. The Cavs have won back to back games and are looking to post their first three-game winning streak of the year on Monday night. The Lakers have won eight straight games and they won their last game even without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Danny Green. Los Angeles 15-4 at home this season while the Cavs are 6-13 on the road this year.

Biggest Win of the Season

The Cleveland Cavaliers got their biggest win of the season when they defeated the Denver Nuggets 111-103 at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night. The win was the second straight for the Cavs and the only the third time this season where they’ve won back to back games. The victory was also only their second this season versus a team with a winning record.

Collin Sexton led the Cavs with 25 points while Kevin Love scored 19 points and grabbed 15 boards against Denver. Tristan Thompson also had a double-double with 18 points and 13 boards while Darius Garland had 18 points and 8 assists for Cleveland. Garland has put up double-digit scoring in his last eight outings.

The Cavs rank 5th from the bottom in scoring at 104.9 points per game this season. They are 20th in rebounding at 44.1 boards grabbed per contest and are 27th in passing at 21.4 assists per game. Cleveland has the 10th worst scoring defense in the NBA this year as they are allowing opponents to score an average of 113.6 points per game this season.

Moneyline Odds:

  • Cavaliers (+850) | Lakers (-1400)
  • Odds from Bet365 as of 01/13/20

Lakers Win Without LBJ and AD

The Lakers continued to roll on Saturday night and picked up a big win over the streaking Oklahoma City Thunder even if they played without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Danny Green. Los Angeles picked up its eighth consecutive win after they blasted OKC 125-110 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday night.

Kyle Kuzma scored a season-high 36 points to lead the Lakers. Kuzma is averaging 26 points per game in his last three games played. Rajon Rondo also picked up the slack as the veteran point guard put up 11 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the Purple and Gold. The Lakers got 48 points from their bench as Quinn Cook has 13, Dwight Howard and Troy Daniels 12 each, and Alex Caruso 11 points.

The Lakers are the 9th highest-scoring team in the league at 113.2 points per game this season. They are 16th in rebounding at 45.5 boards grabbed per contest and are 7th in passing at 25.9 assists per game. Los Angeles is the third-best defensive team in the league as they are allowing their opponents to score only 103.5 points per game this season.

Who Wins?

Cleveland is 2-5 SU in their last seven games played. The Cavaliers are 3-2 SU in their last five games played on the road, and 0-5 SU in their last five games played against the Pacific Division. Los Angeles is 8-0 SU in their last eight games played. The Lakers have won their last five games played at home. Head to head, the Cavaliers are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played against the Lakers but L.A. has won two out of the last three meetings.

The Cavs have won back to back games and are coming off an impressive win over the Denver Nuggets. Kevin Love is coming off consecutive big games. Love hit the game-winning three-pointer against the Pistons and he put up 19 points and 15 boards against the Nuggets.

Los Angeles defeated the streaking OKC Thunder even without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Kyle Kuzma provided the firepower and Rajon Rondo showed the playmaking and leadership. This Los Angeles team has won back to back games without Anthony Davis. They got 48 points from their bench on Saturday night and if the reserves continue to play well, the Cavs don’t have the manpower to match them.

Cleveland’s win over Denver was only their second of the season against a team with a winning record. That shows you how rare Saturday’s triumph was. The Lakers have won eight in a row and while the law of averages says that they are bound to lose any time now, I don’t think it will be against the Cavs. No, I don’t see a letdown here, not with Kuzma getting the opportunity to shine while trying to prove his critics wrong.

MY PICK:
LAKERS

Other Bets To Make

The Cavaliers are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games played. Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in their last five games played on the road, and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games played against the Western Conference. The Lakers are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 games played. Los Angeles is 2-4-1 ATS in their last seven games played at home, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Monday games, and 0-6 ATS in their last six games played against the Central Division.

Spread Odds:

  • Cavaliers +14 (-110) | Lakers -14 (-110)
  • Odds from Bet365 as of 01/13/20

Anthony Davis has missed the Lakers’ last two games but Kyle Kuzma has scored 26 and 26 points in the two games AD has missed. LeBron James sat out Saturday’s game against the OKC Thunder with flu-like symptoms and he is questionable against a lowly team like his former ball blub in the Cavs. There have been talks linking Kyle Kuzma to a trade and he is responding by proving himself on the basketball court. Look for Kuz to continue picking up the slack as he gets more opportunities without AD and possibly without LBJ.

ODDS-110

MY PICK:
LAKERS -14

The total has gone over in five out of the last six games played by the Cavaliers. The over is 10-9 in Cleveland’s 19 road games played this season. The total has gone over in three out of the last five games played by the Lakers. The under is 5-2 in the Lakers’ last seven games played at home, and also 5-0 in their last five games played against the Western Conference. Head to head, the total has gone over in 10 out of the last 12 games played between these two teams. The Lakers have seen the total go over in five out of their last six home games against the Cavaliers.

Total Odds:

  • Over 221 (-110) | Under 221 (-110)
  • Odds from Bet365 as of 01/13/20

These teams have combined to score an average of 225.0 points per game in their last 10 meetings. Since Anthony Davis got hurt, the Lakers have scored 129 and 125 points in their last two outings. Kyle Kuzma has filled in the scoring void and Davis’ absence has given plenty of opportunities for other scorers to contribute. And they have delivered so far. Against the Cavs who have the 10th worst scoring defense in the league, I think the Lakers continue to wax hot at home, with or without LBJ and AD.

ODDS-110

MY PICK:
Over 221