GameDay Preview: Cavs at Hornets

Shaun Livingston
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers (22-49) hit the road for their 20th back-to-back set of the season, beginning with the New Orleans Hornets (25-48). Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Since Jan. 14, the Cavs are averaging an NBA-low 12.8 turnovers per game. In their latest contest on Friday against Philadelphia, Cleveland had 24 assists and 10 turnovers.

The Cavaliers are 5-2 this season when they dish out at least 20 assists and have no more than 10 turnovers.

New Orleans comes into tonight's game having lost their last two matchups including an 108-89 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Shaun Livingston, SG - Wayne Ellington, SF - Alonzo Gee
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Tyler Zeller

Hornets: PG - Greivis Vasquez, SG - Eric Gordon, SF - Al-Farouq Aminual
PF - Anthony Davis, C - Robin Lopez

Injuries: (Cavs) - Anderson Varejao, (Vastus Medialis Split/Surgery, Out), Dion Waiters, (Left Knee Soreness, Out)
(Hornets) - Jason Smith (Torn Right Labrum, Out), Austin Rivers, (Fractured Right Hand, Out), Greivis Vasquez, (Left Ankle Sprain, Game-Time Decision)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavaliers lead the all-time series against the Hornets, 43-38, posting a 30-11 mark in games played at home and a 13-27 record in games played in New Orleans/Charlotte.

The last time the Cavs and Hornets squared off on Feb. 20, Cleveland was victorious, 105-100, at Quicken Loans Arena.

STATS Fun Fact

STATSIn their last meeting on February 20th, Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson touched the basketball 62 times.

Key to the Game/Key Matchups

Bench Production

The Cavaliers' bench has contributed at least 30 points in 22 of the 28 games since late January. The reserves are averaging 37.1 points over that stretch. Most recently, the Cavs bench had a 39-13 advantage on Friday against the Sixers.

C.J. Miles leads the Cavs’ bench with 11.4 points per game, including a career-best 122 three-pointers made this season. Miles poured in a team-high 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and one block in 28 minutes, while hitting a pair of triples on Friday. He has connected on at least one three-pointer in 17 consecutive games. His 54 three-pointers as a reserve since Jan. 29 ranks 4th-most among East bench players over that stretch.

Luke Walton has dished out at least four assists off the bench in 16 of his last 25 games and leads all Eastern Conference bench players with 4.6 assists per game since Jan. 22.

Key Matchup

Tristan Thompson vs. Anthony Davis

Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson has been consistent their entire season having played, and started, in all 71 games this season.

The sophomore big man is averaging career-highs in points (11.4) and rebounds (9.2).

Anthony Davis, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, has had a solid rookie season, averaging 13.3 points and 7.9 rebounds while shooting 52% from the field.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FSOhio HD, NBA League Pass
Radio: WTAM 1100, XM 219, Sirius 94, NBA League Pass Audio

Programming Notes:

Cavaliers Live Pregame Show begins at 6:00 p.m. | Tipoff at 5:30 p.m.

• Cleveland, Toledo, Youngstown/Erie, and Wheeling/Steubenville areas:
- Main FOX Sports Ohio cable channel
- Direct TV: FSOhio
- Dish: FSOhio
- AT&T: FSOhio

• Columbus, Lima, Cincinnati, and Dayton, areas:
- The game is being made available to providers to air on the alternate FOX Sports Ohio cable channels. Alternate channel information can be found here:
- Direct TV: FSOhio
- Dish: FSOhio
- AT&T: FSOhio