Lakers vs. Cavaliers - Free NBA Pick, December 14th

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Jordan Sharp

Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:18 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 4:18 PM GMT

 

After a disappointing night on Wednesday, I am jumping back on the horse for Thursday with a nice teaser for the game between the Lakers and Cavaliers. Even though the Cavs have been horrible ATS at home this season, a five-point teaser can help us with the NBA Odds for this one for the spread and total.

Lakers vs. Cavaliers

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Free NBA Picks: TEASER: Cavaliers -4 & UNDER 224 ½Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

The Lakers are one of the worst offensive teams in the league. However, they play at the fastest pace of any team to compensate for that. Los Angeles is also an underrated defensive team, so laying -9 with the Cavs by itself may be a risky bet.

However, if we can tease that line down to -4, I’d be much more willing to recommend that play, while teasing it together with the total.

The Cavs have really started to play defense lately, and they have been especially good against fast-paced teams as of late. That is a stark contrast to earlier in the season when they would routinely give up 115 points per game to fast paced teams.

In their last five games against teams that rank inside the top 10 in pace this season, the Cavs have allowed just 100.6 points per game. Against a team like LA that already struggles to score, this could be a much lower score than sportsbooks are suggesting.

On top of that, we can add five more points to this total in a teaser, and I think it’s where the value is for this game.

The Cavs’ overall defensive numbers may looks bad, they are giving up just 100.8 points per game over their last five, and that was including giving up 114 to the Haws two nights ago. Cleveland is figuring out the defense, and I expect that to continue at home tonight.

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