The Cleveland Cavaliers will get their first glance at the newly constructed Brooklyn Nets, who field a much different roster since trading Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Breakout star Mikal Bridges is joined by Spencer Dinwiddie and Cameron Johnson to keep Brooklyn competitive moving forward.
With only nine games remaining in the regular season, winning in Brooklyn could further secure homecourt advantage for the Cavs. Cleveland is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a three-game lead over their likely first round matchup, the New York Knicks.
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers (45-28) vs. Brooklyn Nets (39-32)
Where: Barclays Center — Brooklyn, New York
When: 7:30 p.m. EST
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Spread: Cavs -3
Opposing Blog: Nets Daily
Cavs’ expected starting lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley
Cavs’ injury report: Jarrett Allen (QUESTIONABLE - eye contusion), Sam Merrill (OUT - G League assignment), Isaiah Mobley (OUT - two-way), Dylan Windler (OUT - G League assignment)
Nets’ expected starting lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton
Net’s injury report: David Duke Jr. (OUT - two-way), Dorian Finney-Smith (QUESTIONABLE - right wrist contusion), Ben Simmons (OUT - left knee/back), Dru Smith (OUT - two-way)