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There are no great games on Tuesday night, but eyes from around the league will be watching as the Los Angeles Lakers try once again to turn things around, as they have a winnable game against the New Orleans Hornets.
Golden State Warriors (27-17) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (13-32), Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, Fox Sports Ohio, 7 p.m.: It's been the Kyrie Irving show for Cleveland, as the reigning Rookie of the Year has led his team to three straight wins: 40 points against Boston, 35 against Milwaukee, and a mere 32, including a game-winning three, against Toronto, as the Cavs haven't lost since acquiring Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington. Golden State won its first game with Andrew Bynum back in the lineup Monday night, but Stephen Curry hurt his ankle for the second time in a month. His status for Tuesday night's game is uncertain.
Milwaukee Bucks (23-19) vs. Detroit Pistons (17-27), Fox Sports Detroit, 7:30 p.m.: The Bucks have won four of five to put themselves solidly above .500, but they've really struggled with the Pistons this year, dropping both of their matchups: In December, Tayshaun Prince hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left that Milwaukee couldn't answer, then Greg Monroe hung 26 points and 11 rebounds on a weak Milwaukee frontcourt earlier this month.
Dallas Mavericks (19-25) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (22-22), Fox Sports Southwest, Comcast Sportsnet Northwest, 10 p.m. After losing four straight and 10 out of 11, the Mavs have hit 100 points in eight straight games. They've lost two of those -- against the Thunder and Spurs -- but there's no shame in dropping a pair against the NBA's best. Dirk Nowitzki hasn't been majorly efficient since returning to action, but it seems as if his presence is helping greatly. As for the Blazers, they're coming off a split home-and-home with the Clippers, which also isn't a bad result -- they'll be trying to move above .500 with the win. The first game between these two saw O.J. Mayo drop 32 in a blowout win for Dallas.
New Orleans Hornets (15-29) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (19-25), NBATV, Fox Sports New Orleans, Time Warner Sports Network, 10:30 p.m.: The Lakers' season has restarted for the 14th time: they've won two straight, including one Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It appears Kobe Bryant is going to have to keep doing it all himself -- he had 14 assists and nine rebounds to go along with a team-high 21 points. He had 29 the last time these two met, an easy win in early December. The Hornets are coming off a win over the Memphis Grizzlies where Ryan Anderson drilled seven threes for a game-high 22.