The Cleveland Cavaliers continue their road trip, with a stop at the Staples Center for a matchup with the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. You don’t want to say that the Lakers’ season is in the tubes.
That’s overreacting. They are only five games into the season. People seem to be writing them off already, but let’s back up for a second. The entire season is still ahead of the Lakers.
First of four at home ?
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 29, 2021
The Lakers have to find their chemistry. There is talent to be had on this roster, but the chemistry with Russell Westbrook on the floor hasn’t been present yet. If they do find a groove, then people are going to suddenly love the Lakers again.
There is always the chance that the Lakers don’t find their mojo, injuries pile up with Lebron James and Antony Davis hobbled, and the season is a lost cause. However, we can’t ignore the Lakers so quickly after just five games.
Snap opinions to what happens in the first few weeks of the regular seasons is just par for the course in the NBA. On the other side of the floor tonight, the public is falling in love with the Cleveland Cavaliers, notably rookie Evan Mobley.
Mobley is off to a fast start in the NBA. The Cavaliers had a no-brainer decision when he fell in their lap in the draft. There was no other decision to be made. Mobley has shown a ton of promise for the Cavaliers.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 28, 2021
The center having success isn’t a surprise, but how quickly he’s acclimated himself in the NBA has been impressive. He looks like a seasoned player with experience, and not a rookie going into tonight with only five games of experience.
Cleveland is coming off a 92-79 win at the Staples Center over the LA Clippers. That was highly impressive, especially what they did defensively in that one. This was after they put the clamps on the Nuggets for a 99-87 win in Charlotte. Head below for our free Cavaliers vs. Lakers pick on October 29, 2021.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Cleveland Cavaliers||+7.5 (-113)||+260||Over 215.5 (-112)|
|LA Lakers||-7.5 (-107)||-132||Under 221.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Cleveland Cavaliers||LA Lakers|
|Points Per Game||105.0||116.0|
|Points Against Per Game||103.2||119.6|
|Field Goal %||46.2||47.6|
|Three Point %||28.2||38|
Cavaliers vs. Lakers Prediction:
The Cavaliers have been on point and look much improved from last season. The team from last year finished with a record of 22-50 to go ahead of the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic. The addition of Evan Mobley changes everything for the Cavs, though.
Mobley has scored 13.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. The addition of Ricky Rubio wasn’t a bad move either for the Cavaliers. He’s a smart veteran that can still score and move the ball around. Rubio is going into Friday night with 13.8 points and 7.8 assists per game. A healthy and able Kevin Love helps as well.
So, no, I don’t think it’s any surprise that the Cavaliers look considerably better than last year. Collin Sexton really developed last year in what turned into more of a lead role, and now he doesn’t have to be as much of a guy with all of the weight on his shoulders.
The Cleveland defense has been the most impressive. They have allowed 103.2 points per game for seventh in the NBA. The Cavaliers have defended the perimeter nicely, as they’ve held the opposition to 30.9% from three.
While the Lakers have been struggling, they are second-best in the league with 116 points scored per game. The energy needs to get turned up tenfold defensively. They’re shooting well with a 47.6% field goal percentage, though they’re allowing 119.6 points per game.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. LA Lakers Betting Trends:
- 17-35-1 ATS in their previous 53 games as an underdog
- 18-40-1 ATS in their previous 59 games
- 4-10 ATS in their previous 14 games after covering the spread
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games after winning by more than 10 points
- 0-12 ATS in their previous 12 games on a Friday
- 7-2 ATS in their previous nine games on a Friday
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus the Cavaliers at the Staples Center
- 8-2 overall in their previous ten games versus the Central Division
- OVER is 8-3 in their previous 11 games versus the Eastern Conference
This has been a long road trip for the Cavaliers. They haven’t been home since last Saturday. The road trip has been going well for the Cavaliers, but at what point do they get too confident and relax?
Keep in mind that the Cavaliers have been sitting around in Los Angeles the past few days. That’s not the best place to be hanging out to ignore distractions.
After they easily passed the Clippers, the Cavaliers could look at the Lakers and go into this one with a bit unfocused. Especially with the Cavs looking at an injury report with a questionable Lebron.
The public is going to back the Cavaliers in this one, and the points look attractive considering how things have been going for these two teams. However, I’m going to go opposite the public and bet on the Lakers to figure it out.