Cleveland Cavaliers versus LA Lakers Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Preview 12-11-2012

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The 9-12 LA Lakers will travel to play the 4-17 Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip off time from Cleveland is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The current betting odds from this NBA game has the road club LA Lakers favored by -5 ½ points with an over under line of 206 points. There has been no line or total movement in this game since the odds opened up a few hours ago.

Last year during the lockout season the Lakers and Cavs met once and it was LA with the 97-92 home win as a -11 point favorite. The game went over the total of 188 ½ points. Trend: Cleveland Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their past five games.

The Lakers are just 2-6 straight up on the road and have lost two straight and four of their past five games. Pau Gasol has sat out the past four games with knee tendinitis and is questionable for Tuesday. The Lakers have been giving up major points of late. During their four losses on this bad run LA has given up an average of 112 points per game. They get beat on their home court on Sunday to the Utah Jazz 117-110 as a -7 point favorite. Utah had been dreadful on the road this season. On the road LA allows 104 points a game. Their turnovers and poor free throw shooting has hurt the club. On the road they turn it over 18 times a game. Kobe Bryant is putting up good numbers with 28 points per game and a 48% shooting percentage with almost 40% coming from three.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are just 2-6 straight up on their home court. They have lost five straight and nine of their past ten games. They have been playing without reigning rookie of the year Kyrie Irving who suffered a finger injury on mid and has missed 11 games. Cleveland is 2-9 straight up in his absence. Cleveland has struggled big time for points as the team has averaged 83 points per game over their past four games.

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