Kings at Cavaliers Preview

Cavaliers ( 27-20) @ Kings (17-30)

The streaking Cavaliers finish out their quick home stand with a contest against Western Conference foe Sacramento. The Cavaliers are still riding high from the Trailblazers game, in which Kyrie Irving had a career best 55 points. Coming into Friday, the Kings team morale is low because Demarcus Cousins was snubbed from the all-star game. Heading into tonight’s game, they are a squad that’s reeling.

Here are some things you need to know before watching:

Game Time and TV:

Sacramento Kings at Cleveland Cavaliers- Quicken Loans Arena

Game Start 7:30. Cavs TV: Fox Sports Ohio. Kings TV: CSN-CA

Projected Starting Lineups

Cavaliers:

PG: Kyrie Irving: 22.1 PPG, 5.2 APG, 3.1 RPG, 46.7 % FG

SG: J.R. Smith: 11.9 PPG, 2.9 APG, 2.6 RPG, 40.1 % FG

SF: LeBron James: 26.4 PPG, 7.4 APG, 5.6 RPG, 49.2 % FG

PF: Kevin Love: 17.1 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.3 RPG, 42.4 % FG

C: Timofey Mozgov: 8.8 PPG, 0.4 APG, 8.0 RPG, 51.1 % FG

Kings:

PG: Darren Collison: 16.3 PPG, 5.8 APG, 3.2 RPG, 46.5 % FG

SG: Ben McLemore: 11.8 PPG, 1.5 APG, 3.1 RPG, 45.5% FG

SF: Rudy Gay: 20.2 PPG, 4.1 APG, 5.9 RPG, 44.9% FG

PF: Jason Thompson: 5.6 PPG, 1.0 APG, 6.2 RPG, 46.4 % FG

C: Demarcus Cousins: 23.9 PPG, 3.2 APG, 12.3 RPG, 48.1 % FG

Matchup to watch for:

Coming into Friday, a day after being left off the all-star team, Demarcus Cousins will be looking to prove he deserved that all-star spot. On the other side, Timofey Mozgov looks to show he also is the man the Cavaliers have been looking for since the start of the season. Cousins will get the nod for the advantage due to his numbers, but Mozgov is no push over, and has proven to be immune to pressure after hitting two clutch free throws against Portland. Look for those two hard-nosed centers to have a battle in paint not yet seen between the Cavaliers and an opponent this year.

Injuries

Cavaliers:

  • LeBron James : Day to Day
  • Brendan Haywood: Day to Day

Kings:

  • Demarcus Cousins: Questionable

Game Notes

  • Cousins’ first game after not being selected into all-star game.
  • Kyrie Irving’s scored 55 points in last outing (Career High).
  • Sacramento won last time the teams match-up 103-84 (without LeBron James on the floor).
  • Irving comes into Friday’s game after being selected into his 3rd all-star game.
  • Cavaliers are riding an 8-game win streak.

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