GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. 76ers

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Game Summary

The Cleveland Cavaliers (22-48) square off against the Philadelphia 76ers (28-43) for the third contest between the two teams this season. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.

In the 92-83 win over the 76ers on November 21, Cleveland pulled down a season-high 55 rebounds to Philadelphia’s 39, including a 15-11 advantage on the offensive glass. The Cavs have recorded at least 15 offensive rebounds 20 times this season.

Philadelphia has the NBA's fourth-worst record (18-37) since the beginning of December despite a 100-92 win against the Bucks in their last game on Wednesday night.

Sixers All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday, leads Philadelphia in both points (18.4) and assists (8.5) per game.

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

76ers: PG - Jrue Holiday, SG - Damien Wilkins, SF - Evan Turner
PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Spencer Hawes

Injuries: (Cavs) - Kyrie Irving, (Left AC (acromioclavicular) Sprain, Out), Anderson Varejao, (Vastus Medialis Split/Surgery, Out), Dion Waiters, (Left Knee Soreness, Out)
(76ers) - Andrew Bynum (Right Knee Bone Bruise, Out), Jason Richardson, (Left Knee Surgery, Out)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavaliers trail the all-time series against the Sixers, 88-98, posting a 51-41 mark in games played at home with the Sixers holding a 57-35 advantage while playing in their own arena.

In the two teams' last meeting in late November, Cleveland shot a season-high .565 (13-23) from the three-point line.

STATS Fun Fact

STATSDuring the Cavaliers last game on Wednesday, Shaun Livingston dribbled the basketball 229 times, 71 more times than the next closest Cavaliers' player (Wayne Ellington 158).

Key to the Game/Key Matchups

Generating Offense

With their three top scoring leaders still sidelined, the Wine and Gold will have to generate some offense through ball movement and converting turnovers into fastbreak opportunities.

Philly is 11th in the NBA in scoring defense (96.6 ppg) and is 22-21 when holding opponents below 100 points and 6-22 when giving up 100+ points.

Furthermore, the Sixers are 11-2 when holding opponents below 90 points, so the Cavaliers will have to increase the pace of the game and look to score early and often.

Key Matchup

Cavs Bench vs. Sixers Bench

The Cavaliers bench outscored the Celtics reserves 39-22 at The Q on Wednesday. Since late January, the bench has contributed at least 30 points 21 times in 27 games.

C.J. Miles came up big for Cleveland in the two teams' last meeting, adding 13 points including shooting 3-4 (.750) from long range in 27 minutes off the bench. Miles has made 52 three-pointers as a reserve since Jan. 29, which is the 4th-most among East bench players over that stretch.

Over the past three games, Philly’s bench is averaging 37.0 points (111 total) after averaging 20.1 ppg the seven games prior.

The Sixers are 25th in the NBA in bench scoring this season (27.6 ppg), so if the Cavaliers reserves can outscore their counterparts, then the Wine and Gold increase their chances of coming away with a victory.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FSOhio HD, NBA League Pass
Radio: WTAM 1100, XM 222, Sirius 136, NBA League Pass Audio

Programming Notes:

Cavaliers Live Pregame Show begins at 7:00 p.m. | Tipoff at 7:30 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: http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/channelfinder/
- Direct TV: FSOhio
- Dish: FSOhio
- AT&T: FSOhio

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