Can the Lakers beat Cleveland ?
On a weekend dominated by the NFL games, we’re back with the NBA game of the day.
A winning NBA teaser yesterday, made this weekend a good one, hopefully tonight’s NBA free pick will make it a great one.
It has been a terrible season so far for the Lakers and their super team.
The Lakers should take care of business here, you think. They come in having dropped six straight and are 1-5 ATS in those games. The one cover came as a double-digit underdog. Here they are a big favorite against a Cleveland team that simply is not very good. The Cavs are just 5-17 SU on the road and allowing over 100 points per game. Offense has not been a problem for the Lakers this season as they are averaging over 103 points per game. The problem is defense as they are allowing over 102 PPG. Still, outscoring their opponents on the season suggests the Lakers record should be better than it is.
The Lakers (15-21) are 10-9 in home games, a devastatingly poor stat for a franchise with only one losing record at home . They went 20-21 in 1992-93.
“It’s my job. It’s my responsibility,” Coach Mike D’Antoni said Saturday. “I don’t think at the end of the year if we’re bad, I’m going to go, ‘They’re bad.’ No. I’m bad. And we’ve got to somehow get that turned around. “Most people are counting us out. We think we can do it, but we know the road is not easy.” Why not start with defense?
Kobe Bryant did not score less than 20 points since November, but his shooting accuracy has been off the past four games. He has scored 27 or more points in 19 of the last 20 games and often has carried the offense. Bryant leads the NBA in scoring at 30 points per game. He scored 42 points in last month’s loss to Cleveland.
“We’re just very frustrated and upset about what we’re going through right now and how we’re playing,” Bryant said. “We’re going to have to make some big adjustments if we’re going to be successful.”
Cleveland is one of the worst teams in the league. At 9-29 SU, they have the second worst record in the league. Only Washington is worse. Their point differential of -5.2 PPG is better than only three teams. Big chance to see the Lakers finally breaking out tonight and put up a big win.
All in one, it’s about time for the Lakers to turn things around. It’s unusual to see them in a spot where making the NBA playoffs comes with a question mark.
For tonight’s free NBA pick we’ll predict
Lakers to cover 7
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