Cavaliers vs. Lakers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 6 (Cleveland's Size Keeps Anthony Davis at Bay)

Larry Rupp
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
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Cavaliers vs. Lakers Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse -- Cleveland, Ohio
  • Coverage: TNT and SportsNet LA

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Tuesday with three more games, including a battle between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers have kicked off their six-game road trip with back-to-back wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards, giving them eight wins overall in their last 10 games.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers return home after scoring just 81 points (a season-low) in their road loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday. They'll need to shoot better tonight if they want to beat LeBron James, Anthony Davis and co.

Cavaliers vs. Lakers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: CLE: (-210) | LAL: (+176)
  • Spread: CLE: -5 (-112) | LAL: +5 (-108)
  • Total: 225.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Cavaliers enter this contest as notable home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 225.5 points, which is the highest total on Tuesday's compressed slate.

Cavaliers vs. Lakers Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers won 41 games against the spread last season, while failing to cover or pushing 41 times.
  • The Lakers went 15-13 as underdogs of 4.5 points or greater last season.
  • Last season, 37 Cavaliers games went over the point total.
  • The Lakers had 47 of their 82 games hit the over last season.

Cavaliers vs. Lakers Prediction & Pick

Talk about a hot streak. Anthony Davis is averaging a ridiculous 34.2 points and 15.4 rebounds over his last 10 games with the Lakers. The good news for Cavaliers fans is that Jarrett Allen participated in shootaround this morning and is expected to make his return from a back injury on Tuesday night.

Allen's presence in the paint cannot be overlooked. He's a main reason why Cleveland allows the second-fewest points in the paint per game (45.8) and the fifth-lowest two-point shooting mark (51.5%). Forcing Davis to pass the ball to his teammates instead of taking it to the rim will be crucial.

The Cavaliers are 10-1 at home this year and have won six in a row there, so I feel comfortable backing Cleveland.

Final Score Prediction: Cavaliers: 115 | Lakers: 105

Cavaliers vs. Lakers Best Bet

Not only are the Cavaliers 9-1 straight up in their last 10 home games as a favorite, but they are also 8-1-1 against the spread (ATS) during that stretch. Cleveland averages a reliable 115.6 points per game only gives up 103.4 points per game (No. 1 in NBA) at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse this season.

The Lakers are being a bit too overhyped in this spot. They have played well over the last week or so, but this is still a team that ranks 22nd in offensive efficiency and commits 16.5 turnovers per away game (No. 27 in NBA). That sloppiness will end up costing them a victory in LeBron's former home tonight.

Bet: Cleveland Cavaliers -5 (-112)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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