The Los Angeles Clippers (27-13) will be at home in the Staples Center when they go head-to-head against the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-28). Action starts at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and it can be seen on FSN Prime Ticket.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers ATS Preview
In the Cavaliers’ last game, they got blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers, 128-99. They were not able to cover as 12.5-point underdogs. With 21 points on 7-for-17 shooting, Kevin Love was Cleveland’s high scorer. Los Angeles’ turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Cleveland. The Lakers had a rate of 8.2 (better than their season average of 12.7), while the Cavaliers posted a mark of 16.6 (above the 13.2 mark opponents have averaged against Los Angeles this season). The two teams combined to put up 227 points, which finished over the projected point total of 216.5.
The Clippers are hoping for a better outcome after failing to cover as 1-point underdogs in their 114-104 loss to the Denver Nuggets in their last game. Kawhi Leonard was the game’s high scorer with 30 points on 12-for-25 shooting. Denver did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (29-37; 78.4 percent). Los Angeles, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (22.2 vs. 22.0). The two teams collectively scored 218 points, which came in just under the O/U total of 220.
A focal point for the Los Angeles offense is getting to the free throw line. The Clippers rank third in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.230), but Cleveland is among the best in the NBA at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking first by yielding a FTA rate of 0.157).
Of Cleveland’s 39 games with betting action, 20 have finished over the projected point total, while 22 of Los Angeles’ 40 games have finished under the projected point total. The Clippers come into this game with a sizable advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 27-13 SU and 20-19-1 ATS, while the Cavaliers are 12-28 SU and 17-20-2 ATS.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Clippers won both meetings last season. In the most recent matchup, Los Angeles won 132-108. Los Angeles’ effective field goal percentage was its largest strength over Cleveland. The Clippers had a rate of 0.712 while the Cavaliers posted a mark of 0.462.
Cavaliers vs. Clippers Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Over
Los Angeles ranks seventh in assists allowed per game (23.0) while Cleveland ranks 28th (25.8).
Los Angeles ranks 11th in fast break points per game (14.3) while Cleveland ranks 26th (10.6).
The Clippers rank 16th in steals per game (7.6) while the Cavaliers rank 28th in steals allowed per game (8.8).
Los Angeles is 11-9-1 ATS at home, while Cleveland is 9-9-1 ATS on the road.
Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its past five outings, Cleveland is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Clippers have been outscored by an average of 2.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Los Angeles has defeated opponents by an average of 5.7 points.
During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 108.2 points per game (3.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 115.2 points per game (1.6 above their season average).