76ers ( 10-38) @ Cavaliers (29-20)

The Cavaliers are still streaking and it seems it won’t end tonight. The Cavaliers have a favorable schedule although the 76ers are far from push overs, once a team that could barely win a game are now at double digit wins. The last time the Cavaliers played against the 76ers was in Philly a game in which the Cavaliers didn’t have then Cavalier Dion Waiters, or newly acquired players Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, and Timofey Mozgov. Winning the last 2 of 3 for the 76ers will prove to be fuel for the 76ers. While the Cavaliers have as many wins in their streak as the 76ers have total wins, Cleveland should tread lightly on this young 76ers team.

Here are some things you need to know before watching:

Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers- Quicken Loans Arena

Game Start 7:00 P.M. EST. Cavs TV- Fox Sports Ohio. 76ers TV- CSN

Projected Starting Lineups

Cavaliers:

PG: Kyrie Irving: 22.1 PPG, 5.2 APG, 3.2 RPG, 46.5 % FG

SG: J.R. Smith: 11.8 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.6 RPG, 40.2 % FG

SF: LeBron James: 26.4 PPG, 7.3 APG, 5.5 RPG, 49.3 % FG

PF: Kevin Love: 17.1 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.4 RPG, 42.7 % FG

C: Timofey Mozgov: 8.9 PPG, 0.4 APG, 8.0 RPG, 52.0 % FG

76ers:

PG: Michael Carter-Williams: 15.3 PPG, 7.3 APG, 6.2 RPG, 38.5 % FG

SG: JaKarr Sampson: 4.0 PPG, 0.8 APG, 1.9 RPG, 44.2 % FG

SF: Luc Mbah a Moute: 9.8 PPG, 1.3 APG, 4.6 RPG, 41.8 % FG

PF: Robert Covington: 12.5 PPG, 1.4 APG, 4.5 RPG, 38.7 % FG

C: Nerlens Noel: 8.2 PPG, 1.6 APG, 7.3 RPG, 44.1 % FG

Matchup to watch for:

A matchup that includes a proven up and coming point guard and a point guard trying to make his name in the NBA, Kyrie Irving and Michael Carter-Williams are looking to duel in The Land tonight. The two have not played against each other this year, so it should be interesting considering both guards have vastly improved their games. Not long ago Kyrie Irving went “Nuke Mode” and dropped 55 points against the Trailblazers. Two games ago for the 76ers, Michael Carter-Williams dropped a triple-double against the T-Wolves. These are two spectacular point guards, and it should be interesting to see these two go against each other. Irving is a proved shooter and can put up major amounts of points. Carter-Williams on the other hand is a proved passer and rebounder.  Irving should dominate in this matchup but Carter-Williams will have the height advantage.

Injuries

Cavaliers:

  • Brendan Haywood: Day to Day
  • Anderson Varajao: Season

76ers:

  • Andrei Kirilenko: Day to Day
  • Tony Wroten: Season
  • Joel Embid: Doubtful for 2014-2015
  • Jason Richardson: Targeting Feb. 20

Game Notes

  • Andrei Kirilenko still suspended for never showing up for 76ers.
  • Cavaliers still riding 10 game win streak.
  • Cavaliers last time playing 76ers was night of Waiters trade.
  • 76ers without Tony Wroten this time. (Hit go ahead shot last game against Cleveland)
  • 76ers still without Joel Embid who has been cited to be 300 lbs now.
  • 76ers have won 2 of last 3.

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