2/5/14: Lakers at Cavs, Wednesday at 4pm Pacific

Photo: Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer
Photo: Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer

Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers

2/5/14

4:00 PM Pacific time / 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH

TV:   Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes (Los Angeles), Fox Sports Ohio (Cleveland) National: NBA League Pass

Line: Los Angeles Lakers +6.5

2013-14 Records:

Los Angeles Lakers: 16-32, 13th (3 way tie)  in the Western Conference

Cleveland Cavs: 16-32, 11th in the Eastern Conference

Record vs. each other (2013-14 season): Cavs 1-0 versus the Lakers this season.  

  • The Lakers lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 109-99. yesterday and play the Cleveland Cavs on the 2nd night of a back to back. 
  • Lakes have lost 7 games in a row; in those games they’ve been outscored by an average of 8.1 points which is 4th worse in the NBA during that span.
  • Luckily for the Lakers, they face a team that has struggled almost as much as they have in the Cavs. The Cavs have lost 5 in a row and 7 of their last 8.
  • Steve Nash and Steve Blake returned to action for the Lakers last night and both looked relatively good for being on the shelf for an extended period. Nash played 24 minutes, scored 7 points and dished out 9 assists. Blake went scoreless in 32 minutes, but did have 3 steals, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • The Cavs beat the Lakers 120-118 in Los Angeles on January 14th. Luol Deng hit 5 three pointers in route to a team high 27 points. Anderson Varejao dominated the boards, pulling down 18 of them as well as scoring 18 points. Irving had a quiet night for the Cavs, scoring just 13 points and handing out 4 assists.
  • Nick Young led the Lakers in scoring in their last match up with the Cavs, scoring 28 points off the bench. Meeks was scorching hot from the outside, hitting 6 three pointers and totaling 26 points in the loss. Lakers received solid games as well from Pau Gasol who had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Kendall Marshall who had a game high 16 assists in the game.
  • The Cavs have beaten the Lakers 7 of the last 8 meetings in Cleveland.
  • Lakers injuries: Lakers will be without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Xavier Henry for tonight’s game. Steve Nash is doubtful to rest on the 2nd night of a back to back. Jordan Farmar is listed as probable. Meeks and Hill injured in last night’s game versus the Wolves and their status for tonight’s game is uncertain. Per D’Antoni’s post game comments, it is unlikely that Meeks returns for any game the rest of the 3 game road trip.
  • Cavs injuries: Varejao has been dealing with a knee injury but is expected to play tonight.

– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern

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