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NBA schedule 2012: Cavs host Lakers, visit Pacers to start off week

Cleveland has two tough games to begin this week's action.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers enter the week on a five-game losing streak and will have to score a big upset to snap it. They'll start the week on Tuesday night by welcoming the Los Angeles Lakers to Cleveland amid a wave of turmoil that has engulfed the Lakers, as they've lost four of their last five games. The Cavs may be catching the Lakers at the right time, with Pau Gasol and Steve Nash out and dysfunction abounding, or they may be catching them at the wrong time with the Lakers supremely motivated to get back into the win column. That game tips at 7 p.m. on FSN Ohio.

The Cavs will turn right back around and face the Indiana Pacers on the road on Wednesday night. Indiana has also struggled this season, though not to the extent that L.A. has. The Pacers will be off until they host the Cavs and will enter the game with a 10-11 record and on a two-game losing streak after taking losses at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets. That game also tips at 7 p.m. on FSN Ohio.

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