#CavsNets Game Preview - February 27, 2018

Quicken Loans Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers (35-24) continue their five-game homestand tonight when they do battle with the Atlantic Division's Brooklyn Nets (20-41). Tipoff from The Q is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET).

Despite Sunday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Wine & Gold still have won five of their past seven contests.

Over those last seven games, Cleveland is averaging 116.1 points on .507 shooting from the field and 13.6 three-pointers made.

The Cavaliers are also averaging 19.4 fast break points in February, which is the highest mark in NBA this month. The Cavs scored 30.0 fast break points over the last two games.

From a defensive standpoint, the Wine & Gold are keeping their opponents at bay, holding five of their last six opponents to under .450 shooting from the field.

The Cavs' reserves, who have played extremely well all season long, continued their excellent play on Sunday afternoon against the Spurs. The bench opened their homestand with 47 points against San Antonio and are now averaging 41.9 points this season (fourth-best in NBA). The team has received at least 40 bench points 36 times this season, including six of the last seven games (49.0 PPG since February 7).

As Cleveland aims to bounce back on Tuesday night, the Nets are feeling good about themselves after snapping an eight-game slide last night in their, 104-87, trounce of the Chicago Bulls at home.

Before they topped the Bulls, the Nets' last victory came all the way back on the January 31 when they topped their Atlantic Division rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers, in Brooklyn. Since then, the squad has lost every game in the month of February except for last night, allowing an average of 115.0 ppg while their own squad averaged just 105.0 ppg over that stretch. The Nets have also posted a sub-par .426 field-goal percentage in each of those eight "L's."

As they enter tonight's contest with the Cavaliers on a high note, the Nets will be looking to replicate their excellent scoring skills seen in last night's contest with the Bulls. Allen Crabbe led the team with 21 points through just 23 minutes, while big men Jarrett Allen and DeMarre Carroll both posted 18 points in the win. Joe Harris scored 15 coming off the bench.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

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


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#3 - George Hill

#5 - JR Smith

#16 - Cedi Osman

#23 - LeBron James

#13 - Tristan Thompson

#8 - Spencer Dinwiddie

#1 - D'Angelo Russell

#33 - Allen Crabbe

#9 - DeMarre Carroll

#31 - Jarrett Allen

Status Update: (Cavs) - Kevin Love, (Left hand fracture, Out)

Status Update: (Nets) - Jahlil Okafor, (Illness, Questionable), Jeremy Lin, (Ruptured patella tendon/right ankle, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

Tuesday night's contest between the Cavaliers and Nets will be the third of four meetings between the two clubs this season. Overall, the Cavs are 11-3 in their last 14 contests against Brooklyn.

Cleveland won their most recent matchup against Brooklyn - a 119-109 victory at The Q on November 22. The Cavaliers shot 43-83 (.518) from the field, including 14-34 (.412) from three-point range, and scored 20 points off of 19 Nets turnovers that night.

When it comes to playing their Eastern Conference rival at home, the Wine & Gold have been perfect over nine-straight games. During that span, the Cavs have outscored the Nets by an average of 13.5 points (109.2-95.7), winning by 20+ points in four of the nine home games. Cleveland has also averaged 25.7 assists on 40.8 field goals. Defensively, the Cavs have held the Nets to a combined .438 shooting from the field, as well as under 100 points in seven of those nine contests in The Land.

Going forward, the two teams will wrap up their regular season series on March 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.


Game Promotion

Cavs Host Third Annual Chinese New Year
presented by Tencent

The Chinese New Year is a traditional celebration of the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar (February 16th this year) and is observed as a time for family and friends to be together. Cavs fans will enjoy the fun and traditions of this special theme night that honors the “Year of the Dog.” Special game presentation elements and concourse activation will reflects the history and culture of a country that is the home to many passionate NBA fans. MORE INFO


On Deck

Following Tuesday night's contest against the Nets, the Cavaliers continue their homestand on Thursday when they battle the Philadelphia 76ers at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The Wine & Gold will then tipoff against the Denver Nuggets (March 3) and the Detroit Pistons (March 5) before embarking on a six-game roadie, which begins on March 7 in Denver.

FIND SEATS | FULL SCHEDULE


Q Transformation

Q Transformation

Before you make your way downtown for Tuesday's matchup between the Cavaliers and Nets, be sure to take note of the Huron Rd. lane closures that may effect your travels. For more information, CLICK HERE


#CavsNets Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Nets on Tuesday.

Cavs vs. Nets - February 27, 2018

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#CavsNets Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Nets on Tuesday.
Feb 27, 2018  |  04:52

#CavsNets Postgame: Jordan Clarkson - February 27, 2018

Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson spoke with the media following Tuesday's 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 27, 2018  |  03:26

#CavsNets Postgame: LeBron James - February 27, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Tuesday's 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 27, 2018  |  03:49

#CavsNets On-Court Postgame: LeBron James - February 27, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Tuesday's 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 27, 2018  |  03:06

#CavsNets Postgame: Larry Nance Jr. - February 27, 2018

Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. spoke with the media following Tuesday's 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 27, 2018  |  03:56

#CavsNets Postgame: Rodney Hood - February 27, 2018

Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood spoke with the media following Tuesday's 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 27, 2018  |  03:07

#CavsNets Postgame: Coach Lue - February 27, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Tuesday's 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Feb 27, 2018  |  07:39

George Hill Scores 26 vs. Nets

George Hill scores 26 points and five assists in the Cavaliers win over the Nets.
Feb 27, 2018  |  02:01

Featured Highlight: Hood with the Clutch And-One

Rodney Hood drills the jumper, plus the foul, for the Cavs' go-ahead bucket in Tuesday's victory against the Nets.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:22

Nance Jr. with the Big Block

DeMarre Carroll thinks he has a layup until Larry Nance Jr. is there to deny him at the basket.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:14

LBJ Drops Dime to Nance Jr.

LeBron James draws the defense to him and drops it off Larry Nance Jr. for the dunk.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:09

T.T. Gets the And-One to Drop

Tristan Thompson takes the pass from LeBron James and goes up strong for the and-one opportunity.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:23

Red Panda Performs for Chinese New Year Celebration

As part of the Cavaliers' Chinese New Year Celebration presented by Tencent, the Red Panda Acrobat entertained the crowd with her balancing act on a unicycle at halftime.
Feb 27, 2018  |  06:07

LBJ Muscles Home the And-One

LeBron James takes it strong into the paint, draws the contact and gets the bucket to fall, plus the foul.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:19

Korver Catches Fire in the 2Q

Kyle Korver gives the Wine & Gold the lead by catching fire in the second quarter with a three-point barrage.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:46

Cedi Beats the Buzzer

Cedi Osman takes it the length of the court and cans the pull-up jumper just before the first quarter buzzer.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:16

Clarkson Lobs Nance Jr.

Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. run the pick-and-roll to perfection resulting in an alley-oop finish.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:13

Intel True View: LBJ Cans the Triple

Experience Intel True View with this unique angle of LeBron James using the screen to get loose for the deep triple.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:16

Intel True View: Swish Nets the Jumper

Experience Intel True View with this unique angle of JR Smith netting the long jumper.
Feb 27, 2018  |  00:17

Get To Know: Cavs Chinese Zodiac Animal

With the #YearOfTheDog upon us, the guys shared how well their personality matches their own Chinese zodiac sign! Get to know ...
Feb 27, 2018  |  01:17

#CavsNets Shootaround: LeBron James - February 27, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Tuesday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Feb 27, 2018  |  17:53

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 129, Nets 123

LeBron James explodes for 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists to lift the Cavaliers over the Nets 129-123. LeBron made history tonight becoming the oldest player to average a triple-double in a mon
Feb 27, 2018  |  01:51

Practice: Rodney Hood - February 26, 2018

Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Feb 26, 2018  |  03:06

Practice: Coach Lue - February 26, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Feb 26, 2018  |  05:01