Nets (30-37) @ Cavaliers (44-26)

After a horrible performance on Monday night, the Cavaliers turned right around Wednesday and delivered one of their most complete team games yet. A game in which every player that checked in scored was a good sign after a dreadful four quarters in Miami.

Now back to their winning ways, the Cavaliers continue their mini home stand with a contest against the surging Indiana Pacers. The Pacers, who were thought to be joined by Paul George this month, have been ravaging the NBA since the All-Star break and have been 7-3 in the last 10. George doesn’t seem to be interested in coming back anytime soon and states he, “doesn’t want to rock the boat.” The Pacers have had no troubles against the Cavaliers this season and lead the season series 2-1. Cleveland, at this point in the season, has developed the ability to close out the easier games earlier on in the game. Even when the Cavaliers are healthy they tend to have fits with the Pacers. Jousting for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers are at the point where every game matters for them. Look for the Pacers to come out and prove they can win the season series.

The Cavaliers certainly had one hell of a road trip, highlighted by the 57 point game from Kyrie. It’s safe to say it’s time for the home crowd to help the Wine and Gold finish out this great season. The Cavaliers have now won 14 straight home games, and don’t look to slow down anytime soon. Although they will be tested Friday night when they face the Pacers. Big games from C.J. Miles and Co. have derailed the Cavaliers during the season, including when the Pacers ended the best winning streak by the Cavaliers at 12. It’s certain to say that with a win here, the Cavaliers could set their sights on winning out for the rest of the month of March. This will be the fourth and final game between the Cavaliers and Pacers.

Here are some things you need to know before watching:

Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers – Quicken Loans Arena

Game start 7:30 P.M. EST.  Cavs TV- FSO.  Pacers TV- FSI.

Projected Starting Lineups

Cavaliers:

PG: Kyrie Irving: 22.2 PPG, 5.2 APG, 3.2 RPG, 47.2 % FG

SG: J.R. Smith: 12.6 PPG, 2.6 APG, 3.7 RPG, 41.6 % FG

SF: LeBron James: 26.0 PPG, 7.4 APG, 5.7 RPG, 49.2 % FG

PF: Kevin Love: 16.8 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.1 RPG, 43.0 % FG

C: Timofey Mozgov: 10.5 PPG, 0.7 APG, 7.2 RPG, 58.8 % FG

Pacers:

PG: George Hill: 14.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, 3.7 RPG, 44.9 % FG

SG: C.J. Miles: 12.5 PPG, 1.1 APG, 2.8 RPG, 38.1 % FG

SF: Solomon Hill: 9.2 PPG, 2.3 APG, 3.9 RPG, 39.5 % FG

PF: David West: 12.2 PPG, 3.3 APG, 7.2 RPG, 47.9 % FG

C: Roy Hibbert: 10.6 PPG, 1.1 APG, 7.2 RPG, 44.1 % FG

Matchup to Watch For:

After finally coming back from a two game rest, Kevin Love instantly made a major effect. Posting 10 points and 11 rebounds, Love fit in perfectly after his absence. Although he has certainly had his struggles against the Pacers this season look for a refreshed form of Love’s game.

On the other side of the court is grizzly veteran forward David West. It seems that West has his way when he plays the Cavaliers, but look for the now healthy Cavaliers to attack and slam the paint. After demoralizing the Brooklyn Nets in the paint, look for David West and teammate Roy Hibbert to have their troubles stopping the Cavaliers post play. West, no matter what team he plays for, has usually destroyed the Cavaliers with his post up talents. But this season he has lost a step in his explosiveness.

With the loss in explosiveness, West has turned to fine tuning the shooting aspect of his game. West is shooting 82.3 % from the free throw line, one of the best numbers of his 12 year career. Although the style of play of Love and West differs greatly, look for West to lead the charge for the Pacers, while Love and Co. look to end the season series at 2-2.

Injury Report:

Cavaliers:

  • Anderson Varejao: Season.

Pacers:

  • Ian Mahinmi: Day to Day.
  • Paul George: Out Indefinitely.

Game Notes:

  • Cavaliers 7-3 in last 10.
  • Pacers 7-3 in last 10.
  • Kevin Love expects to play back to back games.
  • Paul George “Not even close to 100%”
  • Cavaliers currently in 2nd seed.
  • Pacers currently in 9th seed.

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