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Game Preview: Portland Trail Blazers @ Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to bounce back and end their three-game losing streak as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers (9-13). Tipoff set for 7 p.m. Eastern on FoxSportsOhio.

Kevin Love was not at shoot around today, he was home ill, but, expected to play. Mo Williams is probable tonight. Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert practiced again yesterday, both are out for the game tonight, but a return for both is imminent.


Cleveland (13-7) is 9-1 at home this season and hold a 29-2 regular season record at The Q since January 19th of last season. Since March 25, 2014, the Cavs have won 33 consecutive games when scoring at least 100 points at The Q.

The Cavaliers are 16-2 in its last 18 regular season games against Western Conference opponents (2-1 this season), winning by an average of 11.1 points vs. the West in that span (110.0-98.9). The Wine and Gold have also won nine straight games over the West at The Q.

At The Q this season, Kevin Love has six double-doubles and is averaging 20.6 points and 11.6 rebounds in 34.5 minutes per game.

Portland (9-13) enters Tuesday’s contest on the second leg of a back-to-back as part of a four-game road trip.

Trail Blazers point guard, Damian Lillard, is putting together another All-Star caliber season, leading his team in points at 24.5 points and 7.1 assists per game.

Last time these two teams met, Kyrie Irving had then, a career high against the Blazers with 55 points, four rebounds and five assists in a 99-94 win.

Portland Trail Blazers starters:

PG: Damian Lillard
SG: CJ McCollum
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu
PF: Noah Vonleh
C: Mason Plumlee

Injuries: None

Cleveland Cavaliers starters:

PG: Matthew Dellavedova
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)

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