GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Warriors

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Dion Waiters, Carl Landry
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Game Summary

The Cleveland Cavaliers (12-32) will go for their fourth straight victory tonight as they host the Golden State Warriors (27-17) at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

During their three-game home winning streak, the Cavs have outscored their opponent 102.3 to 93.7, while dishing out 26.7 assists to just 13.0 turnovers. Cleveland has held their last three home opponents to just .431 shooting and 16.0 miscues.

In their three most recent wins over Boston (1/22), Milwaukee (1/25) and Toronto (1/26), Cleveland has outscored each of their opponents in the fourth quarter, averaging 30.0 points on .630 (34-54) shooting from the field, to their foes’ 19.3 points on .328 (22-67) shooting in the final period.

The Warriors are in the midst of a four-game Eastern Conference road trip and are 13-5 against the Eastern Conference this season. Their 27-17 start is the best since the 1991-92 season.

Golden State's strong start can be contributed to their balanced scoring attack which has five players averaging 12+ points per game led by Stephen Curry (21.0) and David Lee (19.6).

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Dion Waiters, SF - Alonzo Gee
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Anderson Varejao

Warriors: PG - Stephen Curry, SG - Klay Thompson, SF - Harrison Barnes
PF - David Lee, C - Andrew Bogut

Injuries: (Cavs) - Kyrie Irving, (Sick, Questionable), Anderson Varejao, (Vastus Medialis Split/Surgery, Out), Daniel Gibson, (Right Great Toe Sprain, TBD), Luke Walton, (Sore Left Foot and Ankle, Questionable)
(Warriors) - Brandon Rush (Torn Left ACL, Out), Stephen Curry, (Right Ankle Sprain, Questionable)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavaliers trail the Warriors in the all-time series 51-49 despite posting a 32-19 record in their home arena.

In the first meeting between the two teams on Nov. 7, Kyrie Irving knocked down 4-8 (.500) shots from beyond the arc finished with game highs of 28 points and seven assists to go along with six rebounds in 36 minutes. Tristan Thompson recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes, while Dion Waiters added 12 points and five assists in 31 minutes.

Key to the Game/Key Matchups

Key to the Game

Getting Off to a Fast Start
The Cavaliers confidence is at a season-high right now and the Cleveland fans are buzzing with excitement over the team's recent winning streak.

It would be advantageous for the Wine and Gold to get off to a fast start in hopes of getting the crowd involved early.

Their main focus should start at the defensive end as the Warriors are 8-0 when scoring 30-plus points in the first quarter this season.

Key Matchups

Cavs frontcourt vs. Warriors frontcourt
The Warriors got a big boost to their frontcourt last night when their starting center, Andrew Bogut, came back from injury.

With Bogut, All-Star David Lee and key reserve Carl Landry down low, the Cavaliers' frontcourt will have their hands full.

The Wine and Gold frontcourt has been solid all season and recently added some depth after acquiring forward/center Marreese Speights in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last week. In two games off the bench, Speights is logging 13.5 points on .550 (11-20) shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 22.5 minutes per game.

Tristan Thompson has 11 double-doubles in his last 19 contests (since Dec. 19) for the Cavs, averaging 14.3 points on .514 shooting, 11.4 rebounds and 1.0 block in 34.9 minutes per game over that stretch.

Starting center, Tyler Zeller, pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds this past Saturday and is now averaging 6.2 rebounds per game, which is the 2nd-highest among all NBA rookie qualifiers.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FSOhio HD, NBA League Pass
Radio: WTAM 1100, XM & Sirius 85, NBA League Pass Audio

Programming Notes:

Cavs vs. Warriors - Tuesday, January 29th
Cavaliers Live Pregame Show begins at 6:30 p.m. | Tipoff at 7:00 p.m.

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

• Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, and Charleston/Huntington 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: http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/channelfinder/
- FSOhio on Direct TV, Dish and AT&T