TNT doubleheader options LeBron again in Cleveland and a Doncic-Jokic MVP battle

The headline of Lakers-Cavaliers is LeBron James’ return to his hometown. In his final two homecomings to The Land, he’s put up gaudy numbers: final yr’s 38-point, 10-rebound, and 12-assist triple-double and 46 factors in January 2021. The Lakers are coming into The Land winners of eight of their final ten video games and an enormous win in Milwaukee to kick off their six-game east coast highway journey. Regardless of a five-game shedding streak in November, the Cavaliers have maintained their standing as among the best groups within the East. Their again court docket of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland are averaging 50 factors mixed and so they’re buoyed by a bench of veterans like Kevin Love and Robin Lopez and Cleveland lifers like Isaac Okoro and Cedi Osman.

The TNT evening cap incorporates a star-studded head-to-head between Dallas’ Luka Doncic visiting Mile Excessive and reigning two-time MVP Nikola Jokic. The 12-11 Mavericks are probably the most confounding groups within the league. Final evening, they pounded the Phoenix Suns 130-111, however have losses to the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, and Detroit Pistons. The Nuggets come dwelling after 0-2 highway journey in New Orleans and Atlanta. They’re nonetheless one of many NBA’s finest offenses with the return of Jamaal Murray and addition of utility man Bruce Brown, however their protection ranks within the decrease sixth.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

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The red-hot Lakers are 4-point underdogs in Cleveland whereas the Nuggets are favored by 4.5 factors internet hosting Doncic and Dallas. However when you’re not betting on the video games, DraftKings has a bunch of enjoyable props to place your cash on.

Whereas the MVP matchup between Doncic and Jokic is intriguing, there isn’t a greater participant in basketball proper now than Anthony Davis. Nonetheless, he’s going up towards Middle Metropolis in Cleveland. The Cavaliers can throw a revolving door of size at AD with Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, and Lopez on the roster. Up till lately, Davis had balked on the thought of enjoying heart full-time, however he’s thrived over the past 9 video games. He’s averaged 35 factors and 16 rebounds and capped it off with 55 factors and 17 rebounds in a win over the Washington Wizards. The Cavs could have the depth to maintain AD in examine, however LA’s #1 possibility could produce other plans.

Our associates at DraftKings put the over-unders on Davis at 27.5 factors (-125 over, -105 underneath), 12.5 rebounds (-110 over, -120 underneath), and a couple of.5 assists (+120 over, -150 underneath). DK additionally has a double-double wager on AD at -280 for sure and +220 for no. For what it’s price, within the Lakers’ loss to the Cavaliers a month in the past, Davis was held largely in examine with simply 19 factors on twelve area aim makes an attempt.