LAST TIME OUT
The Cavaliers are coming off an energetic, important road victory 110-101 over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Cleveland came out hot, scoring 37 first quarter points en route to the win, halting its four-game losing streak. Kyrie Irving led the way with 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Spencer Hawes scored 17 of his 19 points in a scorching first quarter and Luol Deng chipped in 18 points and nine boards. The Cavs remain four games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff berth in the eastern conference, but they must also ward off the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons.
THIS TIME UP
The Opponent: Golden State Warriors
Record: 41-25 overall, 21-10 home
Tipoff: 10:30 p.m. ET – Oracle Arena
Where you can watch: Fox Sports Ohio
Where you can listen: WTAM 1100
Previous Matchup: Warriors 108, Cavs 104 in OT on Dec. 29, 2013
Opponent’s Blog: Blue Man Hoop
Warriors: Klay Thompson (OUT-Death in Family)
Cavaliers: PF-Anthony Bennett (OUT-Knee), SG-C.J. Miles (OUT-Ankle), C Spencer Hawes (PROBABLE-Ankle)
Previous Matchup Between These Teams
When these teams matched up back in December, the Warriors and Cavaliers went to overtime. Ultimately, the Warriors pulled out a 109-103 victory behind 29 points from Stephen Curry. Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 27 points.
The Warriors have been hot lately, controlling the sixth spot in the west with a five-game win streak that was snapped Wednesday in a loss to the Clippers. They’ll be without Klay Thompson, so look for Harrison Barnes to be inserted into the lineup. I’m taking the Dubs in a close game, I just can’t trust this team to perform well in back-to-back games on the road against a quality team.