It's always special for LeBron James whenever he returns to Cleveland, and his Los Angeles Lakers make their lone visit of the season there Tuesday night. James and Anthony Davis, who is playing out of his mind right now, are both listed as probable, but they are playing – expect them to be listed on the injury report all season. Cleveland, meanwhile is a 5-point favorite at Caesars Sportsbook. The Cavaliers will likely get All-Star center Jarrett Allen back.
Allen has missed the Cavs' last five games with a back injury and is questionable tonight, but that he was at the morning shootaround generally indicates he should play. Allen is averaging 13.5 points on 58.8% shooting, 10.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Cleveland is just a different defensive club with him in there. The team is 3-4 without him this season and 12-5 with him.
The Cavs are 10-1 at home, their best start at home since the 2015-16 season (10-1) and hold the best home record in the NBA. Cleveland is second in the league in defensive rating (106.7) overall and allowing the fewest points per game in the NBA.
Despite tweaking his already sore left ankle in the Lakers' win over Washington on Sunday, LeBron said he's playing tonight as he's not going to miss a game in "other" hometown. The Lakers started the season 2-10 but have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games. LeBron hasn't ruled out playing his final NBA season – whenever that might be – back in Cleveland with his son Bronny James, who isn't eligible for the draft until 2024.
Davis is playing arguably the best basketball of his career. Over the weekend in wins at Milwaukee and Washington, he totaled 99 points on 70.2% shooting with 27 rebounds and six blocks. The former No. 1 overall pick has 10 straight double-doubles and is -294 for one tonight at Caesars.
Cleveland has lost three straight at home in the series but goes for the season sweep as it won 114-100 at the Lakers on Nov. 6. Donovan Mitchell had 33 points and Darius Garland 24. Allen had 16 points and 11 boards.James scored 27 points and Davis 19 with 12 rebounds.
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