Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers November 6 Betting Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers November 6 Betting Preview

Ryan Knuppel
3 months ago
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love and Los Angeles Lakers Russell Westbrook fight for loose ball

On a weekend when the clock gets turned back, Cavs fans will be watching LeBron James with fond memories of when the man from Akron delivered a championship.

But they’ll also be watching as their Cleveland Cavaliers seek an eighth straight win at 3:30 p.m Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena.

Only the Milwaukee Bucks (9-0) have a better record than the Cavs (7-1) in the NBA. Meanwhile, James and the Lakers have had some surprising struggles with a 2-6 start and a roster that is poorly constructed.

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Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview

The Lakers struggled out of the gates while losing their first five games. Since then, they’ve won two of their last three games. They await the return of guard Dennis Schroder and center Thomas Bryant, who should help the Lakers some.

But they struggle offensively, ranking sixth worst in scoring 108.5 points per game, and have the worst 3-point shooting percentage at 28.3%. Converting 43.8% of field goal attempts is the third worst rate. And while they are fourth in rebounding (46.9 per contest), they allow the most in 51 per game.

Defensively they are better, holding teams to 113.8 points per game (16th) and 45.3% shooting from the field, ranking eighth, and 34.6% on 3-pointers (10th).

Despite great numbers, James hasn’t been dominating like Cavs fans remember. He’s averaging 24 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game while shooting 43.1% from the field and 20.7% from the 3-point line. Anthony Davis is strong, averaging 23 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 1.9 steals per game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview

So far, so good for the Cavs after trading for Donovan Mitchell, though he and Darius Garland are questionable with ankle and knee injuries. Mitchell is averaging 31.1 points, 7.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, largely with Garland missing six contests.

The Cavs have been great on both ends of the court. They are sixth in scoring 116.5 points per game while ranking second, shooting 40.6% on 3-pointers and seventh with a 47.7% field goal percentage.

Defensively they are third, holding teams to 104.4 points per game, fifth in limiting teams to a 44.2% field goal percentage, and ninth to 34.1% from 3-point range.

Cavaliers vs. Lakers Betting Odds & Predictions

Oddsmakers have the Cavaliers as four-point favorites with an over/under of 223.5 points. The Cavs are (-173) on the moneyline, while the Lakers are (+143).

The Cavs are 1-4 against the spread in their last five NBA meetings with the Lakers and 1-5 in the last six in Los Angeles. The over is 13-4 in the last 17 meetings, regardless of location.

This game could get out of hand quickly, especially if Mitchell and Garland are in the lineup. A great defense against a struggling offense is the perfect recipe for a big win and a low-scoring game.

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