Cleveland Cavaliers (17-27) at Los Angeles Lakers (28-16)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5 — Over/Under: 214.5
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The Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Staples Center on Friday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a slump as they’ve lost six of their past nine games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after taking down the Bulls in a 103-94 road win on Wednesday. Darius Garland led the team with 22 points and nine assists, Jarrett Allen added 19 points with nine rebounds and three blocks, while Larry Nance Jr. chipped in with 14 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 45 percent from the field and 11 of 30 from the 3-point line, but this win was about their defensive effort as they trailed at halftime, before running away with it in the second half where they held the Bulls to just 39 points.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost six of their past 10 games and they will be hoping to arrest an ugly four-game skid after falling to the 76ers in a 109-101 home loss last night. Kyle Kuzma led the team with 25 points and nine rebounds, Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell each scored 20 points, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Lakers shot 43 percent from the field and nine of 26 from the 3-point line as they fought hard to cut an 18-point deficit to just three late in the fourth quarter, before going ice-cold when it mattered most as the 76ers escaped.
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Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 road games, 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Los Angeles and the over is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Cavaliers were in a real funk before Wednesday when they were good enough to beat the Bulls, while the Lakers are right in the middle of their worst spell of the season so far as they’ve looked toothless at times without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It’s tempting to go with the Cavaliers and the points, but Collin Sexton remains out with a hamstring injury, so I’m going with the Lakers to bounce back with a much-needed win here.
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Los Angeles -5.5
The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.