Something worth noting coming out of Game 1: The Cleveland Cavaliers’ work on the defensive glass was one of the worst rebounding performances of the entire year. By the percentage of of offensive rebounds given up (43.2%, per Cleaning The Glass), that would have been the third-highest rate any opponent had against the Cavs all year.
Now, that might mean the Cavs are going bounce back in Game 2. Game 1 could be a real extreme on that front. But the Cavs have also been a poor rebounding team and the Knicks a very good offensive rebounding team. So was Game 1 just a sign of what’s to come?
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks
Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — Cleveland, Ohio
When: 7:30 p.m. EST
Spread: Cavs -5 (via Draft Kings)
Cavs’ expected starting lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen
Cavs’ injury report: Dylan Windler (OUT - left foot sprain)
Knicks expected starting lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, R.J. Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson
Knicks injury report: Isaiah Roby (OUT - ankle)
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