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Game Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers @ New Orleans Pelicans

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to bounce back after a 97-85 to the Washington Wizards Tuesday night. The Cavs take on the New Orleans Pelicans (4-15). Tipoff set for 9:30 p.m. Eastern on FoxSportsOhio and ESPN.

This is the first of two meetings between the Cavs and Pelicans.


In the two-game series against New Orleans last season, LeBron James averaged 36.5 points on .634 (26-41) shooting from the field, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 39.0 minutes per game. In the Cavs’ last visit to the Smoothie King Center on December 12, 2014, James tallied 41 points on 17-24 (.708) shooting, five rebounds, five assists and one block in 38 minutes.

Kevin Love has scored at least 20 points in eight of his last nine games against New Orleans (including both contests in 2014-15), averaging 25.3 points and 11.4 rebounds in 38.9 minutes over that span.

Last year, both teams split the season series meeting.

Cleveland is 16-1 in its last 17 regular season games against Western Conference opponents (2-0 this season), winning by an average of 12.0 points vs. the West in that span (110.1-98.1).

Cleveland Cavaliers starters:

PG: Mo Williams
SG: J.R. Smith
SF: LeBron James
PF: Kevin Love
C: Timofey Mozgov

Injuries: Iman Shumpert (Ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris, OUT) and Kyrie Irving (Fractured Left Knee Cap, OUT).

New Orleans Pelicans starters:

PG: Ish Smith
SG: Tyreke Evans
SF: Alonzo Gee
PF: Anthony Davis
C: Alexis Ajinca

Injuries: Jrue Holiday (Lower Right Leg, OUT), Kendrick Perkins (Right Pectoral, OUT) and Quincy Pondexter (Left Knee, OUT)

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