Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets - March 31, 2016

Game Summary

The Cavaliers will finish out their season series against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Cleveland (52-22) enters Thursday's matchup atop the Eastern Conference standings, 2.5 games ahead of the second-seeded Toronto Raptors.

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The Cavaliers have been shooting the ball well as of late, both from the free throw line and beyond the arc.

The Wine and Gold went 24-28 (.857) from the free throw line in Tuesday’s game against Houston, which was the 29th time they have shot .800 or better from the charity stripe this season. The Cavs hold the 5th-highest free throw percentage (.796) in the NBA since the All-Star break.

The Cavs have knocked down 10 or more three-pointers in a franchise-best 12 straight games. Cleveland is averaging 12.1 triples per game in the month of March (15 games), which is the 2nd-best in the NBA. The Cavs have currently connected on 182 three-pointers this month, which is three triples shy of passing the Cavaliers record for threes made in a single month (184 threes in March 2015).

Cleveland will aim to keep their strong shooting rolling as they look to avenge last week's loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Brooklyn (21-53) is in the midst of a four-game road trip. The roadie has not gotten off to a good start for the Nets who dropped their first two games in the Sunshine State to the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat.

Despite their woes, Brooklyn big man, Brook Lopez, has put up solid numbers the entire season. Lopez (20.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg) has been a bright spot for the Nets this season and is one of just two players averaging 19.0+ ppg, 7.0+ rpg and 1.5+ bpg (New Orleans’ Anthony Davis).

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

Programming Note: On Thursday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Blue Jackets – Islanders game (7:00 p.m.) and the Cavs – Nets game (7:00 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.

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Probable Starters/Status Update* presented by  

#2 - Kyrie Irving

#5 - J.R. Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#0 - Kevin Love

#20 - Timofey Mozgov






#0 - Shane Larkin

#10 - Sergey Karasev

#44 - Bojan Bogdanovic

#30 - Thaddeus Young

#11 - Brook Lopez

Status Update: (Cavs) - Kyrie Irving, (Illness, Questionable), J.R. Smith, (Illness, Questionable)

Status Update: (Nets) - Jarrett Jack, (Torn ACL Right Knee, Out)

*Subject to change.

Head-to-Head Matchup

Cleveland holds a 2-1 advantage in the head-to-head matchups this season.

The Wine and Gold have won their last five home games against Brooklyn, outscoring the Nets by 12.8 points (102.8-90.0) and outrebounding them by 9.4 boards (47.0-37.6) over that stretch.

In the two teams' last meeting at The Q, the Cavaliers came away with a 90-88 win on November 28th.

Game Promotions

Kevin Love Mini Basketball Giveaway presented by State Farm

Harvest For Hunger Food Drive: Fans can donate canned food and non-perishable items at collection bins located at all entrances at Quicken Loans Arena at Thursday’s game. The “Super Six” most needed food items are: peanut butter, tuna fish, canned vegetables, canned soup, cereal and beef stew. LEARN MORE

On Deck

On Friday night, the Wine and Gold travel to Atlanta for their final road matchup with the Hawks. Cleveland welcomes the Hornets to town for a Sunday afternoon matinee before leaving for their final roadie of the season – traveling to Milwaukee, Indiana and Chicago.GET TICKETS | VIEW FULL SCHEDULE