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#579 Cleveland Cavaliers vs.
#580 Los Angeles Clippers
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:35pm EST
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s an interconference clash on the hardwood in the City of Angels. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road as they make the trip to face the LA Clippers Tuesday night. Cleveland was in action on the road against the other denizens of the City of Angels, the Lakers, Monday night. LA was dropped 114-104 on the road by Denver in their last game Sunday night. The Cavaliers lead the all-time regular season series between the teams 74-54 but the Clippers have won the last three matchups, including a 132-108 home win in the most recent matchup on March 30, 2019.

Cleveland Cavaliers Playing Second Game of Back to Back

Cleveland was in action on Monday night as they faced the Lakers in the first half of their City of Angels back to back. The Cavaliers entered Monday in the basement of the Central Division matchup, 22 games behind the Bucks. Cleveland entered that contest with back to back road wins heading into their stop in Los Angeles. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Cavaliers are 13th in the standings, six games behind the Magic for the final playoff spot. The Cavaliers are 3-3 in the second game of a back to back situation this season. In those games, Cleveland averages 103.8 points a game while allowing 113.8 ppg. The Cavaliers are 6-13 on the road, putting up an average of 103.7 points a night while allowing 114.1 points per game.

The Cavaliers are 26th in the league in scoring this season with 105.1 points per game. Cleveland is tied for 19th in rebounding with 44.4 caroms a night while the team stands 27th with 21.4 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are below average defensively, ranking 21st in scoring defense by allowing 113.3 points per game. Kevin Love is second on the team with 16.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest this year. Collin Sexton (team-high 18.7 points), Tristan Thompson (13 points, 10.6 rebounds) and Darius Garland (12.1 points) are scoring in double figures on the year. Larry Nance Jr. (eight points, seven rebounds), Cedi Osman (10.6 points), Dante Exum and Kevin Porter Jr. are key pieces of the rotation for the Cavaliers. Cleveland is 20th in the league by shooting 45.2 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are tied for 21st in the league in made threes with 10.8 triples a night while ranking 24th in three-point shooting by shooting 34.2 percent from downtown. Nance Jr. is out one to two weeks with knee soreness that was announced on January 3. Porter Jr. is out four to six weeks with a knee injury.

LA Clippers Look to Regroup

LA had won two straight and four of five but couldn’t come up with the win on the road as they faced the Nuggets. The Clippers entered Monday second in the Pacific Division standings, 5.5 games behind the Lakers. In the Western Conference playoff picture, LA was fifth as they trailed the Lakers for the top spot here as well. LA led by one after the opening quarter but was outscored 37-22 in the second quarter to trail by 14 at the half. The Clippers couldn’t make a run in the second half as they drew no closer than six, with that coming in the final 90 seconds. LA shot 45.2 percent from the floor, including eight of 33 from three-point range, and allowed Denver to shoot 48.1 percent in the contest. Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 30 points in the loss.

The Clippers are currently 4th in the league in scoring offense with 115.3 points per game. LA is 3rd in the league in rebounding with 47.9 boards per game and stand 18th in assists with 23.4 per contest. The Clippers are average defensively, ranking 15th in scoring defense by allowing 109.6 points per game. Paul George is second on the team with 23.5 points, six rebounds and 3.7 assists per game on the season. Kawhi Leonard contributes a team-leading 25.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists this year. Lou Williams (19.8 points, 6.3 assists) and Montrezl Harrell (19.3 points, 7.4 rebounds) are both averaging in double figures as well. JaMychal Green, Ivica Zubac, Patrick Beverley, Patrick Patterson and Landry Shamet are other key pieces for Doc Rivers. LA is 12th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.3 percent from the floor. The Clippers are 18th in three pointers a game with 11.7 per contest and 12th in three-point shooting as they hit 35.7 percent of their long-range attempts. George missed the last two games after tweaking his hamstring in practice January 8. His status is unknown at this time.

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Cleveland has struggled most of the season, even with their two-game road win streak heading into their game Monday night. The Cavaliers have seen injuries take out some of their young guys as Porter Jr. is out and Dylan Windler was announced to be done for the year with continuing issues with his leg. Facing the Clippers is no picnic for them, especially after LA returned home with a loss. The Clippers are a stellar 17-4 at home on the season. Leonard can shoulder the load if George can’t take the floor. Either way, LA is the better team and they come up with the victory in this contest.

 

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Cleveland was pasted 128-99 by the Lakers Monday night as they were outscored 81-51 in the second half of the game. That doesn't bode well for their chances of making much of an impact here. Cleveland is 29th in the league in field goal percentage (49.3 percent) and 27th in three-point field goal percentage defense (37.1 percent) this season. The Cavaliers just gave up 128 to the Lakers and allowed them to shoot 54.5 percent from the floor. LA has to be primed for this one as they are a terrific offensive unit, with or without George. The Clippers should run the tired Cavaliers ragged and push this one over the mark.

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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.