Los Angeles Clippers (5-8) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-7)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 222.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Friday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Los Angeles Clippers are getting desperate for a victory to snap a six-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 107.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 23.1 points and 7.8 rebounds while Lou Williams is averaging 17.5 points and 3.4 assists. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and Danilo Gallinari is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have lost three straight road games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 28.3 points and 8.7 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.9 points and 10.4 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 38.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost four of their last six home games.
The Clippers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Friday games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cavaliers are 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 home games, 20-6 ATS in their last 26 Friday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Clippers are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Cleveland, 6-15 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the home team is 19-9 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
Again, I'm the first to say the Cavs aren't as good as people say they are and point out serious flaws. There are. However, the Clippers are playing worse at the moment, which includes allowing 113 points on 50.4 percent shooting in their last five games. The defense hasn't been much better on the road. I know the Cleveland Cavaliers have their issues, but being at home against a team that can't defend, they can score enough to cover the reasonable number.