GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Knicks

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Game Summary

The Wine and Gold will square off with the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena tonight for the first of four regular season contests in 2013-14.

Cleveland (7-13) is coming off an 88-82 win over the L.A. Clippers on Saturday and enters tonight’s contest 3-1 over the last four games.

The Cavs are on a three-game winning streak at home and stand at 6-3 at The Q this season. Cleveland has held each of its last six opponents under 100 points at home and eight of nine overall.

In Saturday’s victory, the Cavaliers held the Clippers to 82 points on .322 (28-87) shooting, both season-lows for Los Angeles and by a Cavaliers opponent this season. Opponents are shooting just .417 at The Q this season.

New York (5-14) enters tonight's contest having lost to the Boston Celtics, 114-73, in their most recent game on Sunday.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - C.J. Miles, SF - Alonzo Gee
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Andrew Bynum

Knicks: PG - Raymond Felton, SG - Iman Shumpert, SF - Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF - Carmelo Anthony, C - Andrea Bargnani

Injuries: (Cavs) - None to Report

(Knicks) - Tyson Chandler, (Non-Displaced Fracture of the Right Fibula, Out), Kenyon Martin, (Sore Left Ankle, Probable)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

Cleveland has won 10 of its last 12 home games over the Knicks dating back to 2007.

All-time, the Wine and Gold are 81-106 against New York (54-40 Home, 27-66 Road).

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Crashing the Glass

With starting three guards and Carmelo Anthony at power forward, New York gives up a lot of size. This has lead to the Knicks being the second-worst rebounding team in the NBA at 39.4 boards a game.

Recently, the Wine and Gold big men have dominated opponents on the glass. Andrew Bynum, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao have combined for at least 30 points and 30 rebounds in each of the past three games and are averaging 41.3 points and 35.7 rebounds (13.7 offensive) over that stretch.

The Cavs should look to crash the boards at both ends of the floor, offensively to create second chance points and defensively to get quick outlets leading to fastbreak opportunities.

Key Matchup

Backcourt Battle

With the Cavaliers seemingly having the advantage in size over New York's small lineup, the Cavaliers backcourt will be looked upon to win their battle with the Knicks three guard set.

Kyrie Irving has scored at least 21 points in five straight games against New York, including a 41-point performance on Dec. 15, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. In the three games he played versus the Knicks in 2012-13, Irving averaged 31.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 37.3 minutes.

This season, Irving is one of three players in the Eastern Conference with averages of at least 19 points and five assists per game.

Dion Waiters has scored 20-plus points in four of his last six games, averaging 17.2 points in 30.8 minutes off the bench over that span.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio, XM & Sirius 218

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 Tuesday, December 10th, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Cavs – Knicks game (7:00 p.m.) and the Blue Jackets – Devils game (7:00 p.m.). CLICK HERE for more info.

Promotions/Ticket Offers

  • Game Show Night
  • Games and prizes featuring some of America’s most beloved games including Name that Tune, Wheel of Fortune, Price Is Right & More!
  • Price is Right-style name tags available for fans to make & wear for a chance to participate in contests!
  • Commemorative “Game Show Night” T-Shirt available in Team Shop

On Deck

After tonight's game, the Cavs will head down to Florida for a weekend road trip facing the Orlando Magic on Friday, December 13th and Miami Heat on Saturday, December 14th.