Cavaliers vs. Lakers Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Andrew Rogers | Updated Mar 26, 2021

Facing significant injury problems, the Lakers are hoping the return of Marc Gasol is a step in the right direction toward snapping their current losing skid.

Cleveland
22-50
AT
March 26, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
42-30
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Moneyline +152
Over / Under o +206.5

34%

Betting Action

66%

Pointspread -4.5 -110
Moneyline -182
Over / Under u +206.5

34%

Betting Action

66%

The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t completely out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture despite a rough start to the season – and that makes them a dangerous opponent Friday against the reeling Los Angeles Lakers. The Cavaliers are just four games out of the final playoff spot in the East, and they’re only modest underdogs on the NBA odds against a host Lakers team that has dropped four in a row and is watching its chances of finishing atop the Western Conference quickly evaporate.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Lakers are favoured here, but not by much. That’s what happens when you lose your top two players in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, then go out and lose four straight games by an average margin of 11.8 points. The Lakers have covered just one of their previous five games overall, and are a dismal 3-10 against the spread in their last 13 vs. the East. Yet, despite all that, 77 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are siding with the hosts -4.

The totals trend is much less one-sided, with 58 per cent of respondents taking the O210 at -110. That might seem like a super-low total to some, but both teams play at a below-average pace while the Cavaliers boast the NBA’s worst offensive rating and the Lakers rank No. 1 in overall defensive efficiency. The Lakers are 4-1 to the Under in their previous five games, while the Cavaliers have an identical O/U record in their last five away from Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers traded one of their most dependable frontcourt options at the NBA trade deadline – but not the one people were expecting to be on the move. JaVale McGee was sent back to the Denver Nuggets, while former All-Star centre Andre Drummond remains on the Cleveland roster – but probably not for much longer. Look for the Cavaliers to work on a buyout for the veteran big man, leaving Jarrett Allen as the future of the franchise in the middle.

Los Angeles Lakers

Things are quickly falling apart for the Lakers, who have gone from prohibitive NBA title favourites to a team that might have to play the entirety of the Western Conference playoffs without home-court advantage. So don’t be surprised to see them among the most active suitors for Drummond, even with Marc Gasol returning to action in Thursday’s loss to Philadelphia. The Lakers are also expected to meet with former San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

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