Two teams heading in opposite directions clash when the Cavaliers visit the Warriors. The Cavaliers are struggling without LeBron James while the Warriors keep winning as they’re getting healthier.
Kyrie Irving had a season-high 38 points in Wednesday’s 105-93 home loss to the Rockets. Kevin Love added 17 points and 16 rebounds, giving him an average of 25.5 and 12.5 over his last four games. Love has also scored 30.3 per game to go with 14.7 rebounds in his last three against the Warrriors.
The Cavaliers, however, have scored 89.6 per game on 39.3 percent shooting while losing six of seven with LeBron James sitting the past six due to knee and back injuries.
Iman Shumpert isn’t expected to make his Cavaliers debut because of a dislocated left shoulder after he came over from the Knicks along with J.R. Smith in Monday’s three-team trade. Smith went scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting against the Rockets.
The Cavs then acquired Timofey Mozgov from the Nuggets on Wednesday for two first round draft picks. The team expects Mozgov to fill in at center after Anderson Varejao went down for the season with a torn Achilles.
The Cavaliers try to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season at four as they open a five-game road trip. James isn’t expected to return until Wednesday’s game against the Lakers.
The Warriors will try to continue their ridiculous scoring pace as they go after their 14th consecutive home victory. Klay Thompson finished with 40 points, one shy of his career best, and hit six three-pointers last Wednesday, while Stephen Curry added 21 to go along with a season high-tying 15 assists and four three-pointers in a 117-102 win over the visiting Pacers, as the Warriors improved to 11-0 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Golden State has scored 120.7 points per game on 50.9 percent shooting, including 43.0 from three-point range, over their last six home games and they average a league-best 113.8 points there.