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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. L.A. Clippers Preview and Predictions 01-14-2020


The Los Angeles Clippers haven't been all that stout over the last month as they enter Tuesday's home contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Los Angeles fell to 7-6 over its last 13 games when it lost 114-104 to the host Denver Nuggets on Sunday after a strong 20-7 start.

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Paul George (hamstring) will miss his third straight game and Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the team will continue to evaluate the 29-year-old forward. Star forward Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points against the Nuggets for his second 30-point effort in a row and his 10th of the season. Cleveland had a modest two-game winning streak halted Monday when it was pounded 128-99 by the host Los Angeles Lakers. Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds against the Lakers, and has three straight double-doubles and eight consecutive double-digit rebounding efforts.

TIME: 10:30 p.m. ET. TV: FS Ohio, Prime Ticket, Sportsnet One

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (12-28): Cleveland was shredded for 81 second-half points by the Lakers and was outscored by 30 in the second half after surprisingly holding a one-point halftime lead. The rumor mill involving power forward Kevin Love continues to percolate and he recorded 21 points and 11 rebounds against the Lakers for his second straight double-double. Forward Larry Nance Jr. (knee) will miss his seventh straight game but the club is hopeful he will return before the six-game concludes against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (27-13): Leonard, guard Lou Williams (26) and big man Montrezl Harrell (25) combined for 81 points against Denver but the rest of the squad totaled 23. But Leonard didn't feel the lack of balance was the biggest problem as he pointed to the second quarter that saw Denver outscore Los Angeles 37-22. "We played pretty consistent for three quarters," Leonard told reporters. "We've got to put all four together."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Clippers have won three straight meetings and five of the past six.

2. Cleveland PG Collin Sexton scored 16 points Monday, marking his lowest output over the last 11 games.

3. Williams has topped 20 points in each of his past five appearances and is averaging 25 points during that span.

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Last Injuries

L.A. Clippers

  • Patrick Beverley

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Beverley has been held out of the last two games due to a sore right groin, and it is uncertain if he will be active Sunday against the Magic.

  • Patrick Patterson

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Patterson is dealing with a mild left ankle sprain, and it is unclear if he will be available for Sunday's contest against the Magic.

  • Paul George

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | out

    George is out of commission with a left hamstring strain, and it is undetermined when he will return to action.

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Rest
    Out Wed | out

    Leonard will not take part in Wednesday's matchup versus the Hawks due to a day of rest.

  • Maurice Harkless

    Back
    Prob Tues | probable

    Harkless missed the last game with a back soreness, but it is likely he will play against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Brandon Knight

    Knee
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Knight has missed the past five games due to a sore left knee, and it is uncertain if he will return to the court Monday against the Pistons.

  • Ante Zizic

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | out

    Zizic is suffering from a vestibular condition. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • John Henson

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Henson has been absent from the lineup during the last two games with lower-back soreness, but he is likely to be available versus the Wizards on Thursday.

  • Dante Exum

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Exum has a sprained right ankle, and it is unclear if he will be in the lineup against the Bulls on Saturday.

  • Dylan Windler

    Shin
    out for season | out

    Windler is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season after surgery to repair a left tibial stress reaction.

  • Kevin Love

    Rest
    Out Tues | out

    Love is not expected to play against the Clippers on Tuesday as he will be given the night to rest.

  • Larry Nance Jr.

    Knee
    Prob Tues | probable

    Nance Jr. has been sidelined due to left knee soreness, but is expected to make his return against the Clippers on Tuesday.

  • Dante Exum

    Illness
    Prob Mon | probable

    Exum has missed the previous three games due to an illness, but it is likely that he will return to the lineup Monday against the Lakers.