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Wednesday 11/21/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




LA LAKERS (9 - 7) at CLEVELAND (2 - 13)
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Wednesday, 11/21/2018 8:05 PM
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517LA LAKERS-9-9.5
LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-7+0.96-108-8116.760.147.8%55.4115.459.146.1%54.4
Road Games4-4-0.64-44-4115.161.447.5%56.5112.256.544.7%55.5
Last 5 Games4-1+2.23-22-3112.856.244.6%59.8107.253.243.3%53.6
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)116.760.145-9447.8%11-3036.1%16-2272.8%551125219156
vs opponents surrendering110.355.341-9045.8%11-3135.7%17-2375.0%541124228145
Team Stats (Road Games)115.161.445-9447.5%10-3034.6%15-2270.5%561123228146
Stats Against (All Games)115.459.143-9446.1%11-3136.3%18-2279.9%541223218156
vs opponents averaging110.155.540-8945.3%11-3135.7%18-2378.1%541123218145
Stats Against (Road Games)112.256.542-9444.7%9-3032.1%19-2380.9%551322217157

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-13-127-86-9103.351.244.9%51.5111.958.248.5%50.7
Home Games2-5-42-53-4104.352.444.6%54.7108.953.647.4%48.3
Last 5 Games1-4-12-31-498.851.644.4%56.8103.058.243.4%51.6
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)103.351.239-8644.9%8-2335.5%17-2278.9%521220227153
vs opponents surrendering110.755.741-8845.8%11-3135.3%19-2476.6%551124228156
Team Stats (Home Games)104.352.440-8944.6%9-2435.7%17-2083.5%551420227163
Stats Against (All Games)111.958.242-8748.5%11-3136.2%16-2176.0%51924219146
vs opponents averaging109.955.541-9045.0%11-3234.0%18-2375.8%541123228145
Stats Against (Home Games)108.953.641-8647.4%12-3236.3%15-2074.8%489231910146
Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 95.7,  CLEVELAND 94.5
LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/18/2018@ PORTLAND119-128L3L224O45-9348.4%531544-10044.0%6016
10/22/2018SAN ANTONIO142-143L-1.5L226.5O55-10751.4%631550-9751.5%549
10/24/2018@ PHOENIX131-113W-5W238.5O52-10052.0%51844-8452.4%4919
10/27/2018@ SAN ANTONIO106-110L-1L232.5U41-8647.7%491744-9148.4%5513
10/29/2018@ MINNESOTA120-124L-1.5L239O49-10447.1%611842-9842.9%5914
11/3/2018@ PORTLAND114-110W3.5W236U45-8652.3%602044-10442.3%5614
11/10/2018@ SACRAMENTO101-86W-6W237U41-9941.4%721432-9234.8%6019
11/17/2018@ ORLANDO117-130L-4L222.5O43-9047.8%511450-9353.8%4713
11/18/2018@ MIAMI113-97W-1.5W224.5U42-9544.2%55935-8740.2%5812
11/21/2018@ CLEVELAND              
11/27/2018@ DENVER              
12/5/2018SAN ANTONIO              
12/7/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018@ TORONTO104-116L12.5W215.5O34-8540.0%641645-9248.9%5210
10/19/2018@ MINNESOTA123-131L8.5W223O45-9348.4%491444-8750.6%4813
10/25/2018@ DETROIT103-110L9.5W216.5U41-8946.1%34941-7852.6%6520
11/3/2018@ CHARLOTTE94-126L10L221.5U35-8143.2%331352-9256.5%5514
11/5/2018@ ORLANDO100-102L3.5W214.5U41-8051.2%471839-8744.8%4615
11/7/2018OKLAHOMA CITY86-95L6.5L216U33-8937.1%571935-8441.7%5812
11/10/2018@ CHICAGO98-99L4.5W212.5U39-9142.9%611239-8247.6%4711
11/14/2018@ WASHINGTON95-119L12.5L215.5U35-7745.5%552344-9247.8%5317
11/19/2018@ DETROIT102-113L9.5L213.5O35-7944.3%47941-8946.1%5610
11/21/2018LA LAKERS              
11/23/2018@ PHILADELPHIA              
11/28/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/30/2018@ BOSTON              
12/3/2018@ BROOKLYN              
12/5/2018GOLDEN STATE              
LA LAKERS: LAST SEASON: 35-47, missed playoffs.
COACH: Luke Walton (third season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Rajon Rondo (8.3 ppg, New Orleans), G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13.4 ppg), F Brandon Ingram (16.1 ppg), F LeBron James, (27.5 ppg, Cleveland), C JaVale McGee (4.8 ppg, Golden State).
KEY LOSSES: F Julius Randle, G Isaiah Thomas, C Brook Lopez
KEY ADDITIONS: James, Rondo, McGee, G Lance Stephenson, F Michael Beasley
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The biggest star in basketball joined this glamorous franchise as a free agent. After appearing in eight straight NBA Finals and winning three titles, the 33-year-old James accepted the challenge of starting over on the West Coast with several fellow veteran newcomers and a fairly talented young Lakers core. His ability to get the most out of this mix will be one of the NBA's most compelling story lines.
OUTLOOK: James' ability to carry a team is unquestionable, and he arguably succeeded with less help in Cleveland than he should get from these Lakers. No serious observers believe the Lakers can compete with Golden State or join Houston and Boston as true contenders for the Warriors' throne, but ending the Lakers' franchise-record five-year playoff drought would be a promising start to the LeBron era in LA.
CLEVELAND: LAST SEASON: 50-32, lost in NBA Finals.
COACH: Tyronn Lue (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G George Hill (10.0 ppg), G Rodney Hood (14.7 ppg), F Kevin Love (17.6 ppg), F Cedi Osman (3.9 ppg), C Tristan Thompson (5.8 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F LeBron James, F Jeff Green, G Jose Calderon
KEY ADDITIONS: Rookie G Collin Sexton, F David Nwaba, F Sam Dekker
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Sexton and Osman. The No. 8 overall pick in the NBA draft, Sexton could fill the massive void left when the Cavs granted Kyrie Irving's trade demand and dealt him to Boston last year. Hill can adequately hold down the fort while Sexton, more of a slasher than shooter, develops. Lue will be patient with Sexton, but it may not take long for him to force his way into the starting lineup. Osman has the misfortune of being the player to take the spot owned by James. But the 23-year-old is fearless, very talented and he learned a ton while being teammates with the world's best player.
OUTLOOK: Forget the Finals. After four straight June matchups with Golden State, the Cavs will have a tough time even making the playoffs. Love has gone from being the third option, to the second to the first and it will be interesting to see if the All-Star can carry the Cavs the way he carried Minnesota for six seasons. The Cavs have no intention of tanking, and head into the season trying to stay competitive while developing young players ' and that's not easy.
Lakers' James returns to Cleveland to face Cavs

During commercials for LeBron James' return to Cleveland, ESPN is using the song "The Way We Were" while mixing in highlights of James' second stint with the Cavaliers.

How the Cavaliers were with James and how they are without the superstar are two starkly different things.

While James dons the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers are struggling to recover from losing him in free agency for the second time.

James will get a first-hand look at his former team Wednesday night when the Lakers visit the league-worst Cavaliers in Cleveland.

James will be facing the Cavaliers for the 14th time and seventh time in Cleveland. The first 13 games and six visits were with the Miami Heat, to whom James took "his talents to" in a televised special in July 2010.

This time, James simply departed in a more low-key manner after leading the Cavaliers to four straight appearances in the NBA Finals and led them back from a 3-1 deficit in 2016 to win the city's first championship of any kind since 1964.

On Dec. 2, 2010, James was met with vitriol when he first returned to Cleveland with Miami and scored 38 points in a 118-90 rout. This time, James will be feted with a video tribute and likely hear loud cheers even if he is downplaying what the reaction might be.

"I don't know," James told reporters Sunday while discussing his return to Cleveland. "I don't try to put too much into it. I will go out there and see if we can keep this thing going. I think we are playing some really good ball right now.

"I will see some familiar faces like I did when I arrived here. I will think about some of the good, I will think about some of the bad, I will think about some of the great that I had with the franchise obviously and then once the tip ball gets going, it is time to go to work. It will be good to see some of my family that will come to the game, see some of my friends as well and get the thing going."

James' new team heads to Cleveland on its best roll of the season. The Lakers are 4-1 in their last five games after James scored 51 points in Sunday's victory over the Heat.

Including Game 1 of last season's NBA Finals, it was James' 13th career 50-point game, and during the last five games, he is averaging 33.6 points on 56.1 percent shooting.

"He's the best player in the world and I think we all have a tremendous amount of respect for him, being on the inside and watching his habits on a daily basis," Cleveland's Kyle Korver told reporters.

Cleveland went 97-215 in the four seasons James spent with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, and the Cavs and is off to a league-worst 2-13 start this season, going 0-6 before firing Tyronn Lue and 2-7 since Larry Drew replaced Lue.

Eight of Cleveland's losses are by double digits, including Monday's 113-102 setback at Detroit when the Cavaliers trailed by as many as 30. In their 13 losses, the Cavs have trailed by 20 eight times, mostly because they are getting outscored by 58 points in the first quarter in their defeats.

"I think if you look at the stat sheet, we can clearly see where, from a physical standpoint, we don't have a true presence at the start of the game. The team (Detroit) scored, I believe, 38 points in the first quarter," Drew told reporters. "Our game prior to this, the Wizards, I think, they had a big first quarter as well. So right now, we have no defensive presence, we lack physicality and it's getting us off to a very rough start."

For the past four years, Kevin Love was James' sidekick, but he is still recovering from a left foot surgery. J.R. Smith also will not play as the Cavaliers announced Tuesday they parted ways with the veteran guard, who has been in and out of the rotation.

Other than Love only three players remain from the 2016 championship team (Tristan Thompson, Korver and Channing Frye) and James will likely see plenty of rookie guard Collin Sexton.

Sexton was acquired with the first-round pick Boston sent Cleveland for Kyrie Irving in a move that reportedly irked James. Sexton scored 18 points Monday and is averaging 18.6 points in five starts and 13.2 points overall.

Last Updated: 5/25/2019 8:31:12 AM EST

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