#CavsNets Game Preview - December 23, 2016

Game Summary

The Cavaliers continue their three-game homestand on Friday night when they face the Brooklyn Nets. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

The Wine and Gold are an Eastern Conference-best 21-6 this season having won three straight games including eight of their last nine.

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During their current three-game winning streak, the Cavs have scored at least 110 points in each contest, including their 113-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at The Q. Cleveland is 14-0 when they reach 110 points this season.

Cleveland's offensive efficiency is predicated on their ability to spread out the defense as a result of their superb outside shooting. Cleveland has knocked down at least 15 three-pointers in three straight games and rank 1st in the NBA in three-point percentage (.407) and 2nd in three-pointers made (366).

The Wine and Gold hope to keep their sharp shooting rolling as they welcome the Nets into The Q for the first time this season. The Cavs have been dominate at home this season posting a 14-2 record.

Cleveland has been just as dominate against the Atlanta Division going a perfect 8-0 so far this season (3-0 vs. TOR, 2-0 vs. PHI, 2-0 vs. NYK, 1-0 vs. BOS.

Brooklyn is near the bottom of the division with their 7-21 record and things don't get any easier when they travel to Cleveland on Friday. The Nets will come to the North Coast on Friday having lost 10 straight road games.

Despite their woes, Brooklyn can always rely on their big man, Brook Lopez, to give them production. The nine-year center from Stanford is averaging a team-high 20.3 points and ranks sixth in the NBA with 1.8 blocks per game.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

Programming Note:On Friday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Blue Jackets – Canadiens game (7:00 p.m.) and the Cavs – Nets game (7:30 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.

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Probable Starters/Status Update*

#2 - Kyrie Irving

#14 - DeAndre Liggins

#24 - Richard Jefferson

#23 - LeBron James

#13 - Tristan Thompson






#7 - Jeremy Lin

#6 - Sean Kilpatrick

#44 - Bojan Bogdanovic

#35 - Trevor Booker

#11 - Brook Lopez

Status Update: (Cavs) - Kevin Love, (Left Knee Contusion, Probable), J.R. Smith, (Right Thumb Fracture, Out), Mo Williams, (NWT), Chris Andersen, (Right Knee ACL Tear, Out)

Status Update: (Nets) - Isaiah Whitehead, (Left Foot Soreness, Out)

*Subject to change.

Cutting Down the Nets

The Cavs have won seven of the last nine contests against Brooklyn, as well as each of the last six at Quicken Loans Arena.

Over those six straight home wins over Brooklyn, the Cavs’ defense has held the Nets to under 95 points in each outing for a combined average of 89.5 points (.413 FG%, .298 3FG%). Offensively, Cleveland has outscored the Nets by 14.0 points (103.5-895) and has 26.0 assist on 38.3 field goals during that stretch.

This is first of three regular season meetings between the two teams in 2016-17 (January 6th in Brooklyn & January 27 in Cleveland).

On Deck

After Friday's contest, it is the eagerly-anticipated Christmas Day matchup with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from The Q. The Cavs then travel to Detroit the following day, take on the Boston Celtics at The Q on Thursday and wrap up the year 2016 two nights later in Charlotte. GET TICKETS | VIEW FULL SCHEDULE