Editor’s note/correction: ESPN was taken out of text as game is not on ESPN.
The Cleveland Cavaliers completed a perfect four game home stand and now will head on the road for a huge, must see game at Philadelphia against the 76ers. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports Ohio.
Two huge implications on tonight’s game….
- With a Cavs win and an Indiana loss, the Cavs will be Central Division Champions.
- The Cavs will still be the third seed in the East.
The Cavs are currently up just a half game up on Philadelphia. Coming into tonight’s game, the Sixers have won 12 straight.
This will for sure have a playoff feel to it, as it could possibly be a preview of a possible playoff series in this years playoffs.
The Cavs have won two out of the three games so far in this season series.
Here are some game notes from Cavs.com.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, winners of 5 straight games and 10 of their last 11, are back on the road for their last road trip of the regular season. Tonight, the Wine & Gold will face the Philadelphia 76ers for the fourth time in 2017-18.
With a win over the Sixers tonight, Cleveland (49-30) can post a 50-win season for the 4th straight year and 11th time in franchise history. The Cavaliers can also clinch their 7th Central Division title with a win and an Indiana Pacers loss (plays at Toronto tonight).
Cleveland leads the season series against Philadelphia, 2-1, which includes a 113-91 win the last time they met at Wells Fargo Center (11/27).
The Cavs are 11-1 against the Sixers over the previous 12 meetings and have won 5 consecutive contests at Wells Fargo Center. Defensively over those 5 road victories, Cleveland has held Philadelphia to 97.0 points on .439 shooting from the field (.317 3FG%) and forced 16.0 turnovers (19.4 points off). The Cavaliers have also averaged 23.2 fast break points and won by 8.8 points per contest (105.8-97.0) during that stretch.
Here are the probable starters and injuries via the Cavs.com preview.
Cleveland Cavaliers (49-30)
(G) Cedi Osman, (G) Rodney Hood, (F) LeBron James, (F) Jeff Green, (C) Kevin Love.
Injuries — George Hill (OUT) and Jose Calderon (Questionable).
Philadelphia 76ers (48-30)
(G) Ben Simmons, (G) J.J. Redick, (F) Robert Covington, (F) Ersan Ilyasova, (C) Amir Johnson.
Injuries — Joel Embiid (OUT), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (OUT) and Dario Saric (OUT).