Game Preview

Game preview: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Philadelphia 76ers

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

  • 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 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).

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