Through 3 Quarters
The Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to take an 'L' in this one, but so far it isn't playing out to script. Either team is in a position to win, but they lead against the Los Angeles Clippers 72-66. Cleveland has enjoyed the tag-team combination of point guard Collin Sexton and point guard Darius Garland. The former has 20 points in addition to seven rebounds, while the latter has 16 points and five assists.
Both the Cavaliers and Los Angeles padded the win column in their previous outings. We'll see if Cleveland can maintain their lead to polish off another win and cancel out Los Angeles' positive energy.
Cleveland @ Los Angeles
Current Records: Cleveland 2-2; Los Angeles 1-2
What to Know
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 3-9 against the Los Angeles Clippers since January of 2016, but they'll have a chance to close the gap a little bit on Wednesday. Cleveland is on the road again on Wednesday and plays against Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m. ET Oct. 27 at Staples Center. Both teams come into the matchup bolstered by wins in their previous games.
While not quite a landslide, the game between the Cavaliers and the Denver Nuggets on Monday was still a pretty decisive one as Cleveland wrapped it up with a 99-87 win on the road. Cleveland's center Jarrett Allen looked sharp as he posted a double-double on 21 points and 16 boards.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles made easy work of the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday and carried off a 116-86 victory. The contest was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point the Clippers had established a 91-61 advantage. They relied on the efforts of shooting guard Luke Kennard, who shot 6-for-7 from beyond the arc and finished with 23 points, and shooting guard Terance Mann, who had 13 points and five assists in addition to five rebounds. Mann's performance made up for a slower game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.
The Cavaliers are expected to lose this next one by 8. They are currently two-for-two against the spread in their most recent games, however, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
Cleveland is now 2-2 while the Clippers sit at 1-2. A couple stats to keep an eye on: Cleveland enters the contest with only 16.5 fouls per game on average, good for third best in the league. On the other end of the spectrum, Los Angeles is stumbling into the contest with the second most fouls per game in the league, having accrued 23 on average. Keep an eye on whether or not foul trouble puts Los Angeles in a difficult position.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Staples Center -- Los Angeles, California
- TV: Bally Sports - Ohio
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $6.00
The Clippers are a big 8-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Clippers as a 7.5-point favorite.
Los Angeles have won nine out of their last 12 games against Cleveland.
- Feb 14, 2021 - Los Angeles 128 vs. Cleveland 111
- Feb 03, 2021 - Los Angeles 121 vs. Cleveland 99
- Feb 09, 2020 - Los Angeles 133 vs. Cleveland 92
- Jan 14, 2020 - Los Angeles 128 vs. Cleveland 103
- Mar 30, 2019 - Los Angeles 132 vs. Cleveland 108
- Mar 22, 2019 - Los Angeles 110 vs. Cleveland 108
- Mar 09, 2018 - Los Angeles 116 vs. Cleveland 102
- Nov 17, 2017 - Cleveland 118 vs. Los Angeles 113
- Mar 18, 2017 - Los Angeles 108 vs. Cleveland 78
- Dec 01, 2016 - Los Angeles 113 vs. Cleveland 94
- Mar 13, 2016 - Cleveland 114 vs. Los Angeles 90
- Jan 21, 2016 - Cleveland 115 vs. Los Angeles 102
Injury Report for Los Angeles
- Keon Johnson: Game-Time Decision (Illness)
- Serge Ibaka: Out (Back)
- Marcus Morris: Out (Knee)
- Jason Preston: Out (Foot)
- Kawhi Leonard: Out (Knee)
Injury Report for Cleveland
- Isaac Okoro: Out (Hamstring)