Lakers look to continue winning ways against Cavaliers

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Alexa, play “I’m Coming Home” by Skylar Grey.

While there won’t be any fans to greet The King, LeBron James will be making his first appearance back in Cleveland since winning a championship with the Lakers. The Cavaliers have been on a tear to start the season, shocking the world with back-to-back victories over the newly formed superteam Brooklyn Nets.

Anthony Davis is coming off of an excellent performance against the Bulls, in which he scored 37 points and helped lead the defense to hold Chicago to just 90 points.

Injury news

Like from the Bulls game, Kostas Antetokounmpo and Jared Dudley have both been ruled. LeBron and AD have the same designations as they did from the game on Saturday in Chicago, and they both played, so will likely play again.

According to CBS Sports, Matthew Deledova and Kevin Love are both expected to miss the games for the Cavaliers. It appears everyone else is healthy, although Darius Garland is being eased back into the rotation after recovering from a shoulder sprain.

Betting central

Lakers -10; O/U 215.5; Moneyline -530

I went 3-for-4 with my bets for the Bulls game, as the Lakers spread, points under and Davis over on points all hit. Davis’ rebounds was the one loss from the game.

This time, we’re going to focus on the spread. I think taking the Cavaliers +10 is an interesting bet, considering the run that they’ve been on. The Lakers will likely win, but I wouldn’t count out it being a close game. I would take the over on points. Vogel has had his team in excellent defensive form lately, but the road games will start to wear on the guys and they might slip for a quarter or two, resulting in a high scoring affair. The Lakers moneyline is always a safe option, but I would advise against it in this case. They will likely win, but it’s not worth putting money on.

Player props don’t come out until just before game time, but try taking KCP’s over on points. He’s been shooting lights out lately.

Where to watch

It’s an early game tonight, with tip-off slated for 5 p.m. PST and can be watched as always on SportsNet LA locally and Fox Sports-Ohio for viewers in the Cleveland area.

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