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Wednesday, March 14th (All times eastern)

Cleveland Cavaliers (39-25) at Memphis Grizzlies (16-49), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The streaking Cleveland Cavaliers try to make it seven straight wins when they visit the NBA-worst Memphis Grizzlies tonight at FedExForum.

The Cavaliers trail the Detroit Pistons by two games for the top spot in the Central Division and the Eastern Conference.

On Tuesday, the Cavaliers learned just before tip-off that they would be without the services of superstar forward LeBron James, but it didn't matter as Larry Hughes and Sasha Pavlovic both scored 25 points and Cleveland routed the Sacramento Kings, 124-100, at Quicken Loans Arena.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cavs, who won their sixth straight. Drew Gooden finished with 10 points and 10 boards, and Ira Newble added 12 points for the Cavs.

James sat out Tuesday's game with back spasms and is questionable for tonight's contest. He leads the Cavaliers in scoring (27.4 ppg) and assists (5.9 apg).

The Cavaliers are 14-17 on the road this season. They return home to host Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Grizzlies play the second of a five-game homestand. On Monday, All-Star Vince Carter scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets over Memphis, 113-102, at FedExForum.

Pau Gasol scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss for the Grizzlies, who have dropped seven of their last eight games overall. Rookie Rudy Gay and veteran Chucky Atkins both ended with 17 points for Memphis.

Memphis is just 11-21 at home this season. The Grizzlies will also host Chicago, the Hornets and Lakers on the current homestand.

This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. Cleveland defeated the Grizzlies, 97-94, on November 21st at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland has lost five of its last six at the Grizzlies. The Cavaliers have won two in a row in the series.

03/14 10:55:29 ET

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