10:30 PM ET, January 14, 2014
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
This past weekend was embarrassing for the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Their YouWager fans hope both teams improve after those defeats tonight when they meet in Los Angeles.
Both had a hard time in 2013-14, but the Lakers (14-23) have been increasingly worse as of late. They’ve dropped 10 of 11 and four in a row, including their worst-ever defeat to the Clippers on Friday, 123-87.
Los Angeles 34.5 field-goal percentage was their second lowest of the NBA season and they’ve shot 41.0 percent over their last 11 games while giving up 110.2 points. The Lakers also committed 21 turnovers.
According to the NBA live wagering lines, leading scorer Nick Young has made 38.5 percent during the 1-10 stretch with 30 turnovers. Pau Gasol is shooting a career-low 44.8 percent on the season and scored 10 on 5-of-15 shooting Friday.
Cleveland (13-24) might be feeling insecure as it comes into Staples Center after its 124-80 defeat versus the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, the most lopsided in the league this season.
This was the sixth time in 11 road games that the Cavs have allowed a rival to shoot at least 50.0 percent, and the fifth time in seven games overall it’s been limited to 87 or fewer points.
Kyrie Irving was 3 of 14 from the floor and 1 of 4 from the line for seven points. The 21 year-old had gone 15 of 27 on field goals over two straight victories after missing three contests due to a sore knee.
The Cavaliers are one of the league’s worst teams away from home at 3-16.
Luol Deng has gone 9 of 19 and scored 22 points in two games since being acquired from the Chicago Bulls.
While playing at home, Los Angeles has won three straight and four of five versus the Cavs.