No. 3: Nov. 21 @ Philadelphia 76ers
Slated as their third game on their NBA In-Season Tournament schedule, this comes at a big spot for the Cavaliers. Not only is it nationally televised, but this could have huge implications for Eastern Conference Group A. This is a relatively weak group that features the Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, and Detroit Pistons. While those teams improved in the offseason, they are most likely Play-In teams. The Cavs and Sixers should make quick work of them, making their game the likely ultimate decider for Group A.
The Sixers won the season series against the Cavs last season 2-1, but they have huge question marks about their team. James Harden has requested a trade for the millionth time in his career, leaving the Sixers with a huge hole offensively. While Tyrese Maxey should take a huge leap alongside Joel Embiid, the Sixers simply do not have enough offensive consistency. Even with Harden they struggled with this.
Who knows how they will look when the season starts, but this is a very exciting game due to the winner likely winning the group and advancing to the knockout rounds. This will also be the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first taste of the postseason since they were eliminated, so this should serve as a good measuring stick for them.
The Cavs have a very exciting 2023-24 season ahead of them filled with important matchups. However, these three are without a doubt the most important on the schedule. Get ready Cavs fans! The Wilson will be hitting the hardwood VERY soon.