Betting on the Cleveland vs LA Lakers Hoops
There comes a time in the career of every great player when they are forced to hand over the baton of greatness to the next legend to be. It was Kobe Bryant who held the torch in the NBA for quite some time, but he relinquished it to LeBron James a couple of years back. The time of these two great players being on the same level has long since passed, and now Kobe is playing out the final few weeks of what has been an illustrious career. Thursday night will be the last time that we see these two men grace the same court, and there is sure to be a high level of mutual respect on display. What you have to wonder is whether or not Kobe has it in him to lead his team to one more NBA odds upset victory this time over LeBron and the Cavaliers, or whether King James will take this opportunity to show that he is indeed fit to rule the roost.
How To Bet the Cleveland Vs LA Lakers Game Info
When: Thursday, March 10 at 10:30 PM EST
Where: Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California
Radio: WTAM and KSPN
Live Stream: TNT Overtime
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
While much has been written about the lack of unity in the Cavaliers (44-18) locker room, this is still a team that has surged its way to the top of the Eastern Conference. There are a he number of teams that would willing accept a little disharmony if it meant that they could post the same record that Cleveland has right now. The Cavs are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, as their 6-4 record in the past 10 games is not where a team that has this much quality should be. We could well be looking at a group that is ready to be blown up once the season is over, and it is up to those guys on the court to decide just how they want the rest of this year to play out. The Cavaliers are averaging 103.2 PPG, and are giving up 97.2 PPG.
Why bet on the LA Lakers
This Lakers team (14-51) has no shot against the might of the Cleveland Cavaliers, right? That was the same question we posed a few nights ago when the Lakers took a trip to Oakland to face the Golden State Warriors, and Kobe and the boys answered it by delivering one of the biggest upsets in the NBA in recent memory. The Lakers rode into Oakland and came away with a 112-95 win against the defending champions, and then followed that up with a 107-98 win over the Orlando Magic. Yes, asking this team to beat both conference leaders in the same week is a bit much, but the Lakers have proven that they are not just going to roll over and play dead. LA are averaging 97.9 PPG, and are giving up 106.9.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While seeing the Lakers take out the Warriors and the Cavaliers in the same week would be a great story, it is one that is likely to stay in the fiction category. I like the Cavs to win this one quite handily.
Cleveland Cavaliers 108 LA Lakers 95