Cavs in the Garden
Matchup: Cleveland Cavaliers (3-3) at Boston Celtics (3-4)
Where: Boston, MA
When: 7:30 ET
Looking to get their fourth win of a slow-starting season tonight, the Cavs head to the Garden to take on the Celtics, who are looking to bounce back after a home loss to Oklahoma City. This game represents a homecoming for Coach Blatt, and he will surely look for a third consecutive victory.
After winning their first home game of the season, the Cavs are beginning to look more like we all expected. Kyrie Irving agreed, saying “This is special. We played well as a group.”
The Celtics are allowing their opponent to score an average of 106.4 points per game, giving up 67 in the second half again the Thunder. The Cavs are surely looking to exploit Boston’s defensive struggles tonight.
The point guard match-up tonight will be interesting. Irving is coming in averaging 22 points per game and 5 assists, while Rajon Rondo counters with 10.8 PPG and 11.3 assists per game. Irving may have the leg up in the scoring department, but Rondo is deadly with his passing.
The Celtics are playing without Marcus Thornton and No. 6 draft pick Marcus Smart, who is out for at least two weeks, while Cavs’ Dion Waiters is probable for tonight, after missing the last game due to a bruised lower back.
My prediction is that the Cavs will pull out a win for Blatt’s homecoming, taking advantage of Boston’s defensive problems.