The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Philadelphia 76ers they came away with one of their more surprising wins of the season. This time they will host a Sixers team that will undoubtedly be looking for revenge for past failures.
Who? Cleveland Cavaliers (7-22) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (19-11)
When? 3:30 PM EST
Where? Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Where on my eyeballs? Fox Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass
Cavs update: Kevin Love (Foot - Out), Tristan Thompson (Foot - Out), John Henson (Wrist - Out), J.R. Smith (Not with team)
Sixers update: Jimmy Butler (Groin - Questionable), Markelle Fultz (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - Out), Justin Patton (Foot - Out), Zhaire Smith (Foot - Out)
Like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Sixers should be a tough test for the Cavs interior defense. Both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are at their best when they are inflicting damage from the paint, and without Tristan Thompson on the inside stopping them will be a tall order.
As is often the case with the Cavs, taking care of the ball will be of the utmost importance. If they have any hope of narrowing the talent gap between the two teams, they will need to have more possessions than Philadelphia and not give them opportunities in transition.
Whether or not Collin Sexton can bounce back from another poor game against the Bucks will also be an important storyline to follow. A rookie point guard struggling against one of the longest teams in the league isn’t a surprise, however how he responds to challenge as they arise will be essential to his continuing development.
Fear the Sword’s Fearless Prediction:
The Cavs already have stolen one game against the Sixers this season, and that will likely be the only one. Even if Jimmy Butler isn’t able to play, Philly should have more than enough firepower to handle the Cavs. Sixers win 118-109.