Cavaliers In Blowout Mode & Ready To Put The Hurt On Lakers

Charles Stark

Saturday, December 17, 2016 4:16 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 4:16 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Lakers have been less than stellar this season and tonight things will get extremely difficult for them as a travel to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Is there any way they can hang within the number?

Los Angeles Lakers

Head coach Luke Walton is definitely not used to losing this much but the Lakers have struggled so far in this early-season. Currently they are averaging 104.4 points per game but their defense has been awful allowing 111 points per contest. I have a hard time believing they’re going to do much to stop Lebron and company from running up and down the floor against them. Offensively they haven’t been the worst team in the league as they are shooting 44.4% from the field which ranks them just below the league average, and they rank just above the league average making 38.7 field goals per game. They’ve also been one of the better teams in the league in points in the paint, however the other side of the ball across the board is a completely different story. Los Angeles ranks dead last in the NBA in both opponent overall and two point shooting percentage as well as 29th allowing opponents 41.6 field goals made pregame. They also ranked dead last in opponent points in the paint and opponent assist per game. All these horrible defensive statistics is a recipe for disaster tonight along with the fact they are coming off a back to back.

 Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland has been rolling over the last couple of weeks and currently they are averaging 110 points per game which ranks fifth in the NBA. They’ve started to get into their offensive flow at a really decent clip and they are shooting lights out from distance at 39.9% which ranks first in the NBA. They also have been extremely efficient overall ranking third in both efficiency and effective field goal percentage, and basically are just starting to look like the dominant NBA champs that they are. On the other side of the ball they’ve started to pick things up as well, and although they do allow a lot of tempo it is not equaled into opponents outscoring them and Cleveland ranks fifth and eighth in opponent shooting efficiency and opponent effective field-goal percentage respectively. All things together tonight this looks like a really bad spot for Los Angeles and Cleveland can basically name the score. After getting some rest I think they come in and blowout Los Angeles to remind the Lakers they have a long way to go until they get back to being contenders.


NBA Odds

Oddsmakers have Cleveland as a -16 favorite across the board and for my NBA pick I will back Lebron and company in this spot. Don’t look for Cleveland to take it easy on Los Angeles.

Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers -16Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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