Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Nov 25, 2023

LeBron James returns back home Saturday when his Los Angeles Lakers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

L.A. Lakers
30-26
AT
November 25, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cleveland
36-17
Pointspread +4.5 -115
Moneyline +140
Over / Under o +227.5
Pointspread -4.5 -105
Moneyline -165
Over / Under u +227.5

LeBron is 17-3 all-time against the Cavaliers, who he of course went first overall to back in 2003 and suited up for in 849 games. The Cavs are no small task for L.A. though as they come into Saturday with wins in four of their last five games. Some major reinforcements could be on the way too as both Donovan Mitchell and Isaac Okoro practised Friday and could return to Cleveland’s lineup. 

Tip-off at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse gets started at 7:30 p.m. EST with Cleveland standing as a four-point favourite and the over-under at 225 on the NBA odds.

Lakers vs. Cavaliers NBA Betting Odds

Saturday’s a chance for both clubs to improve in their specific splits, as the Lakers enter this tilt winning two of their seven road games this season while Cleveland is only 3-4 on home court. Cleveland’s even worse covering at home this season, going 2-5 ATS in those seven outings. The Lakers are now 2-9 in their last 11 road games dating back to last season too.

Seven of these teams last nine meetings played in Cleveland have gone over the total, but L.A.’s on a five-game run to the under. That’s because the Lakers have been defending extremely well, allowing a maximum of 104 points in four straight contests. The Cavs are a slightly-below average scoring club this season (110.9 points per game) and are coming off a 96-point game versus the Heat.

Los Angeles Lakers

Relying solely on LeBron has never been a winning formula for the Lakers, and they got that same result Wednesday night versus Dallas. The Lakers dug themselves a big hole, but mustered up a 30-13 run in the fourth quarter behind 16 points from James. But James couldn’t knock down a game-tying three at the buzzer and L.A. fell 104-101.

The loss snapped a three-game win streak for L.A., who now hit the road for four straight. They’ll be without key depth forward Rui Hachimura for likely the entire trip too as he suffered a nasal fracture in Wednesday’s defeat. Hachimura’s absence opens the door for bench bigs Christian Wood and Jaxson Hayes to see more minutes and potentially take some off the load of James and Anthony Davis.

Cleveland Cavaliers

It was a back-to-back spot for Cleveland, but they ended up laying an egg Wednesday in a 33-point loss to Miami. It’s becoming a little too common for the Cavs too as five of their seven losses this season have been by double figures. Missing Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) for the fourth straight game didn’t help as well. Mitchell practiced Friday but holds a questionable status for Saturday’s bout against L.A.

Mitchell’s far and away Cleveland’s leader on offence with just under 30 points a game. In the meantime it’s been the Darius Garland show for the Cavs. Prior to the loss Wednesday Garland had led Cleveland in scoring in three straight games with 28, 26, and 32 points respectively. The 2019 fifth-overall pick is now back above 20 points per game this season which is necessary to fill the void of Mitchell, or even take the pressure on him once he returns.

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