#CavsJazz Game Preview - December 16, 2017

Quicken Loans Arena 7:30 p.m. ET

Game Summary

The Cavaliers (21-8) round out their four-game homestand this Saturday night as they battle the Northwest Division's Utah Jazz (14-15) in the first game of a back-to-back series. Tipoff from the Q is at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

After topping the upstart Los Angeles Lakers, 121-112, Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the Wine & Gold have now won three-straight contests, as well as ten-straight at home. With a 16-1 record since November 11, the Cavs sit in first place in the Central Division and are currently two games behind the top slot in the Eastern Conference.

Against Los Angeles, the Cavaliers had six players score in double-digits: Kevin Love (28), LeBron James (25), Jose Calderon (17), Jae Crowder (11), Kyle Korver (10) and Dwyane Wade (10). On the season, Cleveland is a perfect 7-0 when at least six players score in double figures.

Offensively, Cleveland had 32 assists and shot 43-86 (.500) from the field, 15-36 (.417) from three-point range and 20-25 (.800) from the foul line. Defensively, the Cavs swiped 10 steals and held the Lakers to 9-31 (.290) shooting from deep, while also scoring 25 points off 18 Lakers turnovers.

The win over L.A. also helped to extend two impressive franchise streaks. The Cavs have now made at least 10 three-pointers in an organization-record 18 straight contests and scored at least 100 points in 22 consecutive games (second-longest in team history).

From an individual standpoint against the Lakers, LBJ did what LBJ does best after notching his 59th career triple-double by tallying 25 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes. James has now tied Larry Bird for the sixth-most triple-doubles in NBA history. Furthermore, LeBron James is averaging a triple-double with 29.6 points (.575 FG%, .421 3FG%), 10.1 rebounds, 10.2 assists and 2.0 steals in 37.7 minutes during Cleveland’s 10-game win streak at The Q.

As mentioned, Cleveland will be competing in the first leg of their upcoming back-to-back on Saturday when they take on the Jazz. The Cavs' swept their most recent back-to-back series (Nov.27-28) and will round it out Sunday night as they head to Washington to take on the Wizards. However, the Wine & Gold will avoid looking too far into the future and instead concentrate on their second-straight Western Conference opponent this week when Utah comes to town.

Utah has recently snapped a four-game losing streak after topping the Boston Celtics, 107-95, at TD Garden last night. Now only one game below .500, the club is looking to bring the heat against the Cavs after taking down the Eastern Conference's top team in the Celtics.

Against Boston, Utah had five players score in double digits (Rubio-22, Mitchell-17, Jerebko-17, Hood-17, Ingles-12). If the club can continue posting consistent scoring efforts just like those received last night, the Jazz can easily overcome their early season woes and make a statement not only in their division, but in the entire Western Conference. Their second test comes tonight when they tipoff against Cleveland.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

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

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


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#81 - Jose Calderon

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#0 - Kevin Love

#3 - Ricky Rubio

#45 - Donovan Mitchell

#2 - Joe Ingles

#15 - Derrick Favors

#27 - Rudy Gobert

Status Update: (Cavs) - Isaiah Thomas, (Right hip, Out), Derrick Rose, (Left ankle sprain, Out), Iman Shumpert, (Left knee arthroscopic surgery, Out), Tristan Thompson, (Left calf strain, TBD)

Status Update: (Jazz) - Dante Exum, (Surgery, Out), Joe Johnson, (Wrist, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

Saturday's matchup between the Cavs and Jazz will be the first of two games played this season between the two clubs.

The Cavs have had tremendous success in past years against Utah, especially at home. Cleveland has won each of the last five meetings at The Q against the Jazz, winning by an average of 9.8 points (103.6-93.8). Since the 2004-05 season, the Cavs hold an 11-2 home record versus Utah and have limited them to a combined 92.3 points on .431 shooting from the field over that span.

The Cavaliers' success against the Jazz has only helped improve their record against the entire Western Conference as well. The franchise has tallied a record of 36-6 in their last 42 home games against opponents out West (4-0 in 2017-18).

Following Saturday's showdown, the Cavs and Jazz will meet each other one more time this season when they tipoff later this month on December 30 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.


Game Promotions

POSTGAME FAN FREE THROWS PRESENTED BY BONA


On Deck

Following Saturday's matchup with the Jazz, the Cavs will take a two-game roadie beginning with a trip to our nation's capital on Sunday against the Wizards. Tipoff from Capital One Arena is at 6:00 p.m. (ET). The club will then head west to Milwaukee for a Central Division showdown with the Bucks. Tipoff from BMO Bradley Center is 8:00 p.m. (ET).

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GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 109, Jazz 100

LeBron James notches a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists as he leads the Cavaliers to their 11th straight home win with the 109-100 victory over the Jazz.

Cavs vs. Jazz - December 16, 2017

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GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 109, Jazz 100

LeBron James notches a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists as he leads the Cavaliers to their 11th straight home win with the 109-100 victory over the Jazz.
Dec 16, 2017  |  01:42

DWade Drives for a Quick Step-Back Shot

Dwyane Wade finds space in the middle of the lane before stepping back and knocking down a perfect jumper in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz.
Dec 16, 2017  |  00:13

Cedi Nails a Trey from the Corner

Cedi Osman knocks down a three-pointer for his fifth point of the game against the Utah Jazz after LBJ drops a beautiful pass to his Turkish teammate.
Dec 16, 2017  |  00:11

LeBron James Scores 29 vs. Jazz

LeBron James records a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavaliers defeat the Jazz.
Dec 16, 2017  |  02:00

Highlight in freeD: TT Grabs Alley-oop

Experience Tristan Thompson's epic alley-oop during the first half of the game against the Jazz with this freeD highlight.
Dec 16, 2017  |  00:13

Highlight in freeD: Love's Slick Layup

Experience Kevin Love's silky smooth layup with this freeD highlight.
Dec 16, 2017  |  00:13

Highlight in freeD: James' Step Back

Experience LBJ's opening two points with this freeD highlight.
Dec 16, 2017  |  00:12

LBJ Receives Perfect Alley-Oop

LeBron James is "More Driven" after hustling for a loose ball before receiving an alley oop from Jeff Green during the second quarter of their matchup with the Utah Jazz.
Dec 16, 2017  |  00:18

Featured Highlight: TT Slams It Hard

TT finds the back of the bucket with this beautiful slam dunk against the Utah Jazz.
Dec 16, 2017  |  00:11

LBJ Drops Pretty Dime to Crowder

LBJ drops a long assist to Jae Crowder who lays one up in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz.
Dec 16, 2017  |  00:11

LBJ James It

LeBron James goes for an early-game dunk against the Utah Jazz.
Dec 16, 2017  |  00:08

#CavsJazz Shootaround: LeBron James - December 16, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Saturday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Dec 16, 2017  |  08:13