Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers - 3/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers - 3/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers (28-16) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (17-27)

Game Info: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers need a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 104 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Collin Sexton is averaging 24 points and 2.8 rebounds while Darius Garland is averaging 16.6 points and 5.9 assists. Jarrett Allen is the third double-digit scorer and Cedi Osman is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 38.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game.

The Los Angeles Lakers need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 111.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.4 points and 7.9 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 22.5 points and three assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.

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The Cavaliers are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 road games and 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The under is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 road games. The under is 5-2 in Lakers last 7 overall. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 12-2 in the last 14 meetings.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have their issues obviously, which includes losing on the road by an average of 12.5 points, but they are playing better ball lately and have advantages in this contest. The Cavs have the rest advantage and are running into a Lakers squad that's been a mess since LeBron and AD went down. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four straight games and the defensive effort seems to be slipping. Also, undermanned rosters usually don't do well on the end of back to backs, as you're asking a lot of limited depth. Give me the Cavs and the free points.

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Randy’s Pick Cleveland Cavaliers +5.5

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