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Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions, Odds, Picks

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated October 14, 2022
13 min read
  • LeBron James and the Lakers look to get back on the winning track when they face his old stomping grounds.
  • With 1.5 games up on the 7th seed in the East, the Cavaliers can’t afford a loss if they hope to make the playoffs.
  • The Lakers won their earlier meeting with the Cavaliers this season, 113-101.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

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Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions and Picks

The Los Angeles Lakers have improved their effort over the last two games of their road trip, but face a real threat in the Cleveland Cavaliers. With home-court advantage and one of the league’s most consistent defences, Cleveland should improve their grasp on 6th in the East.

Pick:

Cleveland Cavaliers def. Los Angeles Lakers (-230 Caesars Sportsbook)

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Head-to-Head: Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers Head-to-Head Cleveland Cavaliers
Frank Vogel Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff
30-41 (9th in West) Standing 41-30 (6th in East)
L-W-L-L Form W-W-L-W
109.3 (24th of 30) Off Rtg 111.2 (19th of 30)
112.1 (17th of 30) Def Rtg 108.1 (4th of 30)
100.1 (5th of 30) Pace 96.1 (27th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

L. James (29.8) PPG D. Garland (21.3)
A. Davis (9.7) RPG J. Allen (10.8)
R. Westbrook (7.1) APG D. Garland (8.5)
L. James (1.3) SPG D. Garland (1.2)
A. Davis (2.3) BPG E. Mobley (1.7)
D. Howard (.600)/L. James (11.2) FG%/FGM E. Davis (.688)/D. Garland (7.9)
D. Howard (.667)/L. James (2.8) 3P%/3PM K. Love (.392)/K. Love (2.5)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Kendrick Nunn Los Angeles Lakers 18 Jan 2022 Out (Knee) Nunn suffered a setback in his recovery and there is no timetable for his return.
Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers 17 Feb 2022 Out (Foot) Davis has a mid-foot sprain and will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks.
Wayne Ellington Los Angeles Lakers 19 Mar 2022 Day to Day (Illness) Ellington was OUT for Los Angeles’ Saturday (Mar 19) game.
Collin Sexton Cleveland Cavaliers 19 Nov 2021 Out (Knee) Sexton underwent surgery on a torn meniscus and will miss the rest of the season.
Jarrett Allen Cleveland Cavaliers 6 Mar 2022 Out (Finger) Allen has a fractured finger and is out indefinitely.
Rajon Rondo Cleveland Cavaliers 19 Mar 2022 Day to Day (Ankle) Rondo was OUT for Cleveland’s Saturday (Mar 19) game.
Dean Wade Cleveland Cavaliers 19 Mar 2022 Out (Knee) Wade was OUT for Cleveland’s Saturday (Mar 19) game.

How Can the Lakers Beat the Cavaliers?

This game will be more than a homecoming for eventual NBA Hall of Fame member LeBron James. In order to remain in the Western Conference playoff race, the Lakers must sort out their defensive inconsistencies.

Against one of the league’s more efficient offences, the Lakers’ porous defence must find its footing early in the game. Opting to direct teams into the paint rather than shoot from three, the Lakers allow their opponents to shoot 53.9% from inside the arc.

Cleveland are one of the league’s most efficient paint shooting teams, ranking 9th overall at 53.9%. The Lakers are solid rim protectors, but they can’t hold off the varied attack of the Cavaliers. If they can’t defend the paint, the Lakers can add another game to the loss column.

Lakers Key Player: (F) LeBron James


In what will be his homecoming, expect another big game from superstar LeBron James. As he tries to drag his team back into the playoff race, James has been in prime form.

In his last game, a loss to the Washington Wizards, James posted 38 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. James has shown that he is still incredibly difficult to match, shooting 55.2% from the field and 40% from three against the Wizards.

To say that James turns up his game against the Cavaliers is an understatement. In 17 career games against Cleveland, James is averaging 29.1 points per game – his best scoring average against any team for his career. The future hall of famer can lead Los Angeles to victory.

How Can the Cavaliers Beat the Lakers?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are .500 through 10 games this March, as they’ve struggled to find their offensive form, particularly from three-point range. If they hope to beat the Lakers, Cleveland must punish them from beyond the arc.

In 10 games this March, Cleveland are shooting 47.7% from the field, but just 34.0% from three on almost 30 attempts per game. To compound their issues, the Cavaliers have allowed their opponents to hit 12 threes per game through March, on 31.4 attempts on average.

Rather than shot hunting, the Cavaliers improved their three-point efficiency in their last game through selectively taking opportunities. Cleveland’s path to success will be through their own scoring, as their own defensive standards remain high.

Cavaliers Key Player: (G) Darius Garland


The Cleveland Cavaliers have had an excellent season, and shining for them in the point guard role is Darius Garland. Against a Lakers team that lacks perimeter defence, Garland’s production will be key for the Cavaliers.

In his last game, a win over the Detroit Pistons, Garland overcame a tough shooting night with his playmaking. Despite going just 8 of 18 from the field and 1 of 16 from three, Garland still posted 24 points and 12 assists in 41 minutes of play.

With the focus that the Lakers defenders will put on him, Garland will need to maintain his stellar passing play. Ball security will be paramount though, as Garland still committed 4 turnovers to his 12 assists.

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How to Watch Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Information
Who Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Where Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio
When 7:00 PM EST, March 21st, 2022
How to Watch Bally Sports Ohio, Spectrum SportsNet, NBA League Pass (Stream)
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