GameDay Preview: Cavs at Bucks

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Game Summary

The Wine and Gold are in Milwaukee tonight to square off against the Bucks for their final road game of the 2013-14 regular season. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Cleveland (32-47) has won nine of their last 15 games away from Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland is coming off a 122-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, their 4th victory by at least 20 points this season. The Cavs shot .570 (53-93) from the field and dished out a season-high 41 assists on 53 made field goals in the win.

Milwaukee (14-64) enters tonight's matchup with the NBA's worst record after dropping 14 of their last 15 games. The Bucks have lost to Eastern Conference division leaders Miami, Toronto and Indiana in their last three games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Dion Waiters, SF - Luol Deng
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Spencer Hawes

Bucks: PG - Ramon Sessions, SG - Brandon Knight, SF - Khris Middleton
PF - Jeff Adrien, C - Zaza Pachulia

Status Update: (Cavs) - Carrick Felix, (Left patellar Stress Fracture, Out), Anthony Bennett, (Left Patellar Tendon Strain, Out), C.J. Miles, (Left Ankle Sprain, Out)

(Bucks) - O.J. Mayo, (Sprained Right Ankle, Doubtful), Carlos Delfino, (Post-Surgery, Right Foot, Out), Ersan Ilyasova, (Sore Right Ankle, Out), Nate Wolters, (Fractured Left Hand, Out)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavs lead this year’s series against the Bucks, 2-1. Through the first three games between the Central Division rivals, the Cavs have been solid offensively with averages of 103.7 points, 22.0 assists and 11.7 turnovers.

Defensively, the Cavs have 19 blocked shots and forced 42 Milwaukee miscues, leading to a combined 51 points.

All-time, the Wine and Gold are 81-113 against Milwaukee (50-47Home, 31-65 Road).

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Controlling the Paint

Cleveland has allowed fewer than 45 points in the paint in 18 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA.

Milwaukee starts a smaller frontcourt with the 6-7 Jeff Adrien at power forward, so the Wine and Gold should look to take advantage of the mismatch down low.

In their three games this season, the Cavs have held a 49.0-42.3 edge on the boards.

Key Matchup

Bench Battle

As the season's conclusion nears, fatigue and injuries start to become a factor as the Wine and Gold tipoff their final back-to-back tonight and the Bucks continue to battle injuries to some of their key players including O.J. Mayo and Ersan Ilyasova.

The Cavaliers reserves came up big in their blowout victory on Wednesday, outscoring the Pistons second unit 54-34 as three members of the bench recorded double-figures (Tyler Zeller 18, Matthew Dellavedova 14, Anderson Varejao 11).

Dellavedova came off the bench to distribute a career-high 12 assists to go along with his 14 points for his 3rd double-double of the season. Dellavedova is just the 2nd Cavaliers rookie to come off the bench and hand out at least 12 assists in a game. The only other Cavs rookie to do so was Terrell Brandon, who had 13 assists as a reserve on March 22, 1992 against Atlanta.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: Fox Sports Ohio, Radio: 100.7 WMMS, NBA League Pass Audio, XM 203, Sirius 132

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

Be sure to check for Joe Gabriele's live in-game blog providing instant analysis and game notes. Plus, get into the discussion as die-hard Cavs fans talk about the game on CavFanatic's GameDay Thread.

Programming Note

On Friday, April 11th, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Cavs – Bucks game (8:30 p.m.), the Reds – Rays game (7:00 p.m.) and the Blue Jackets - Lightning game (7:30 p.m.). Click here for programming details.

On Deck

After tonight's game against the Bucks, the Cavs face the Boston Celtics on Saturday at The Q. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.