New Orleans Pelicans (18-31, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (30-20, fourth in the Eastern Conference)
Cleveland; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cavaliers -9.5; over/under is 212.5
BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland will try to keep its four-game home win streak intact when the Cavaliers take on New Orleans.
The Cavaliers have gone 15-9 in home games. Cleveland ranks second in the NBA allowing only 102.5 points per game while holding opponents to 44.2% shooting.
The Pelicans are 7-18 on the road. New Orleans is 3-1 in one-possession games.
The teams meet for the second time this season. The Pelicans won 108-104 in the last matchup on Dec. 29.
TOP PERFORMERS: Darius Garland is scoring 19.8 points per game with 3.3 rebounds and 8.2 assists for the Cavaliers. Evan Mobley is averaging 16.1 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 54.5% over the last 10 games for Cleveland.
Devonte’ Graham is shooting 35.5% from beyond the arc with 3.0 made 3-pointers per game for the Pelicans, while averaging 14 points and 4.5 assists. Herbert Jones is shooting 54.3% and averaging 13.2 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cavaliers: 8-2, averaging 106.8 points, 44.6 rebounds, 26.5 assists, 6.8 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.8 points per game.
Pelicans: 4-6, averaging 106.7 points, 40.8 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 8.2 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.7 points.
INJURIES: Cavaliers: Collin Sexton: out for season (knee), Ricky Rubio: out for season (knee), Lauri Markkanen: out (ankle).
Pelicans: Brandon Ingram: day to day (ankle), Kira Lewis Jr.: out for season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot), Didi Louzada: out (kne), Jonas Valanciunas: day to day (illness), Josh Hart: day to day (knee), Trey Murphy III: out (health and safety protocols).(AP)
(Photo credits to: Fear The Sword)