Game #74 - Sacramento Kings at Cleveland Cavaliers Game Day Open Thread

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2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
24-49 57-16
March 28, 2010
The Z Arena
3:00PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / FSOhio
Probable starters:
Beno Udrih PG Mo Williams
Dominic McGuire SG Anthony Parker
Donte Green SF LeBron James
Carl Landry PF Antawn Jamison
Spencer Hawes C J.J. Hickson


Sure, the Cavaliers have beaten the Sacramento Kings 7-straight times.  It hasn't been easy, though.  After beating the Kings by an average of 6-points over the last 5 meetings, the Cavaliers look to be a bit more impressive against a Kings team that will be playing without their best young talent - PG Tyreke Evans.  Evans has missed the past 4 games with a concussion and the Kings have struggled, averaging just 83 points during that stretch.

The Cavaliers are also angry, coming off a tough road-loss in Sacramento.  Cleveland doesn't take to losing well, and with the emotional homecoming of Zydrunas Ilgauskas as the backdrop, the Cavaliers could be poised for a big home win.

Cleveland comes into the contest with a Magic Number of 4 to clinch the Eastern Conference's best record.  The team still holds a 3-game lead over the Lakers for best record in the NBA.

3-in the Key

1. At 57-16 (.781), Cleveland owns the NBA's best record, including both the best home (31-4) and road records (26-12), and leads the league with highest point differential at +7.4. The team has won 14 of their last 16 games and are 31-8 (.795) in 2010, which is the best mark in that span. After going a league-best 66-16 (.805) last season, the Cavaliers could 1.) become the first team since the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 (72-10) and 1996-97 (69-13) and only the fifth team in the last 19 seasons to have sole possession of the best record in the regular season in consecutive years. The team can also potentially make more NBA history by 2.) holding the best home record in consecutive seasons, 3.) winning 65 games in consecutive seasons and 4.) holding the best home and road record in a season.

2. With six of the team's remaining nine games at The Q, the Cavaliers own the NBA's best home record at 31-4 (.886). The Cavs have won seven straight and 29 of their last 31 home games and over those 30 games, are averaging 105.1 points on .508 shooting while holding their opponents to just 94.5 points on .437 shooting. Since the start of the 2008-09 season, the Cavaliers are 70-6 (.921)at home, which is also an NBA-best.

3. With a victory over the Kings, the Cavs would sweep the Pacific Division this season. They are currently 9-0 against the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and the Kings.  

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