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Where: STAPLES Center
When: Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 10:30 pm ET
We have a non-conference NBA matchup to consider when the Cleveland Cavaliers meet the Los Angeles Clippers for game one of a two-game season series. The Cavaliers are coming off a 128-99 Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers lost to the Denver Nuggets by a score of 114-104 in their last contest.
Cavs Lose to LakersThe Cavaliers have lost three of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Cleveland would be the thirteenth seed in the Eastern Conference and once again miss the playoffs. Tuesday night marks game four of a six-game road trip and the Cavaliers would like to get a win tonight and continue what looks to be a successful road trip.
Cleveland scores an average of 105.1 points while allowing 113.5 points per game and is shooting a second-best 45.2 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from downtown and 76.2 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Cavaliers have six players scoring in double figures and are led by guard Collin Sexton, who averages 18.6 points per game with 3.2 caroms and 2.3 assists per game this season. Sexton is coming off a 16 point, four-assist night in the Monday loss to the Lakers.
Clippers Fall to NuggetsTuesday night marks the first of a two-game Clippers homestand and Los Angeles boasts a 17-4 record at STAPLES Center this season. If the regular season were to end today, the Clippers would be the fifth seed in the Western Conference. The Clippers have ruled out Paul George for Tuesday night with a hamstring injury and will be his third consecutive missed game due to this injury.
The Clippers score 115.3 points and allow 109.6 points per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, a league-best 35.7 percent from downtown and 78.8 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Los Angeles has four players scoring in double digits and is led by All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. Leonard averages 25.8 points per game with a team-high 7.5 rebounds along with 5.1 assists per game this season. Leonard scored 30 points with five caroms and four assists in a 114-104 Sunday road loss to the Denver Nuggets.
- Clippers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
- Clippers are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight-up loss.
- Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
The top supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are:
- Cavaliers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Cavaliers are 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 games following an ATS loss.
- Cavaliers are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will be laying the 14.5 points and playing the Clippers on Tuesday night. The Clippers are the better team and while nothing is official, the Cavs usually sit Kevin Love on the second game of back to back games. Love played against the Lakers and the only way the Cavaliers cover is if he plays. Los Angeles is too deep a team to even miss Paul George in this game and I will lay the wood and play the Clippers to cover the spread.
Prediction: Clippers -14.5
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this one at 220 points and that number might be a tad bit low for this matchup. The Clippers play at one of the faster paces in the NBA and will force the inexperienced Cavaliers backcourt into a pace-up game and that will give the teams enough possessions to exceed the total. Cleveland doesn’t have anyone who can guard Leonard and when the Clippers go to its bench, the Cavaliers won’t be able to stop them. Expect plenty of scoring tonight in garbage time. I will play OVER at 220 points and below in this game.