#CavsMagic Game Preview - January 18, 2018

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

Game Summary

The Cavaliers (26-17) continue their three-game homestand as they battle the Southeast Division's Orlando Magic (13-31) on Thursday night. Tipoff from The Q is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET).

With the second half of the 2017-18 season already underway, the Cavaliers are looking to jump start the home stretch with a win on Thursday after falling to the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

Even though the Wine & Gold couldn't contain the Dubs, the squad is still excelling at home, holding a 13-1 record at The Q since November 7. Over that stretch, Cleveland is averaging 113.9 points (.502 FG%, .401 3FG%) and 25.9 assists and have dished out at least 25 assists in each of their last eight home games.

On an individual level, Kevin Love has also put up strong numbers since November 7 at The Q, averaging 21.9 points on .541 (93-172) shooting from the field, including .484 (31-64) from beyond the arc, and 9.9 rebounds in 30.6 minutes. In the January 6 win against the Magic, Love shot 6-12 (.500) from beyond the arc and finished with 27 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes.

Against the Warriors, specifically, a number of Cavaliers had key performances, including LBJ, TT and DWade. James led his team in both points (32) and assists (six) while tying Tristan Thompson in rebounds with eight against the Warriors. With those eight boards, Tristan Thompson has now pulled down at least seven rebounds in all seven games this month (8.3 RPG, first among all bench players in January).

Coming off the bench, Dwyane Wade had another solid all-around game against the Warriors on Monday (10 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl and 25 min).

As the Cavaliers look to grab their first win of their current homestand on Thursday, the Magic are simply looking to right the ship after a rough few months.

After starting their season 8-2, Orlando sits at the bottom of the Southeast Division after dropping 18 of their last 20 contests. However, the Magic did knock off the Northwest Division-leading Minnesota Timberwolves in their most recent contest on Tuesday, which could give them a boost of confidence going forward into the second half of the season.

In the 108-102 win, the Magic had six players score in double digits with three coming off the bench for a well-rounded scoring effort. The Frenchman Evan Fournier led his squad in points with 32 while big man Bismack Biymobo dominated the boards, grabbing 16 rebounds en route to their 13th victory.


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 – Stars (7:00 p.m.) and the Cavs – Magic game (7:00 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*

#3 - Isaiah Thomas

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#0 - Kevin Love

#2 - Elfrid Payton

#10 - Evan Fournier

#17 - Jonathan Simmons

#00 - Aaron Gordon

#11 - Bismack Biyombo

Status Update: (Cavs) - Derrick Rose, (Left ankle sprain, Probable), Iman Shumpert, (Left knee effusion, Out)

Status Update: (Magic) - Jonathan Isaac, (Sore right ankle, Questionable), Terrence Ross, (Sprained right MCL, non-displaced fracture of right tibial plateau, Questionable), Nikola Vucevic, (Fractured second metacarpal, left hand, Questionable)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

Thursday's matchup between the Cavaliers and Magic will be the third time these two teams have met this season. The Magic took the first contest back on October 21 in Cleveland while the Cavs snagged the second meeting on January 6 on the road.

In total, the Cavs are 18-1 in their last 19 meetings against the Magic. Over that stretch that began on February 3, 2013, Cleveland has outscored Orlando by an average of 12.7 points (109.4-96.7), while outshooting them from the field (.472-.435) and from beyond the arc (.400-.347). The Wine & Gold have also dished out 24.5 assists (12.4 TOs) in those 19 contests.

In their most recent contest versus the Magic, Cleveland scored a season-high 131 points on 47-94 (.500) shooting from the field in their victory on January 6 at the Amway Center (131-127). The Cavs also had 25 assists and scored 60 points in the paint (third-most this season), 23 second chance points (season high) and 25 fast break points (second-most this season). Defensively, the Cavs swiped 11 steals and scored 33 points (second-most this season) off 20 Magic turnovers.

Following Thursday night's contest in The Land, the two teams will meet once more on February 6 in Orlando to round out the four-game regular season series.


On Deck

Following Thursday night's dual with the Magic, the Cavaliers will conclude their homestand with a matinee matchup on Saturday as they battle the Oklahoma City Thunder at 3:30 p.m. (ET). The Wine & Gold will then hit the road on Tuesday, January 23 for the first of two matchups with the San Antonio Spurs before returning home on Friday, January 26 against the Indiana Pacers.

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#CavsMagic Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

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

Cavs vs. Magic - January 18, 2018

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#CavsMagic Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Magic on Thursday.
Jan 18, 2018  |  03:15

#CavsMagic Postgame: Coach Lue - January 18, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Thursday's 104-103 victory over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 18, 2018  |  03:47

#CavsMagic Postgame: Jeff Green - January 18, 2018

Cavaliers forward Jeff Green spoke with the media following Thursday's 104-103 victory over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 18, 2018  |  04:23

#CavsMagic Postgame: Kevin Love - January 18, 2018

Cavaliers center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Thursday's 104-103 victory over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 18, 2018  |  04:11

#CavsMagic Postgame: LeBron James - January 18, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Thursday's 104-103 victory over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 18, 2018  |  04:20

#CavsMagic Postgame: Isaiah Thomas - January 18, 2018

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with the media following Thursday's 104-103 victory over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 18, 2018  |  03:32

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 104, Magic 103

Isaiah Thomas scores 21 points and seals the Cavaliers 104-103 victory over the Magic with a pair of late free throws. Elfrid Payton scored 19 points for Orlando in the loss.
Jan 18, 2018  |  02:46

#CavsMagic On-Court Postgame: Isaiah Thomas - January 18, 2018

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Thursday's 104-103 victory over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 18, 2018  |  01:47

LBJ Muscles His Way to the Basket

LeBron powers his way through defenders en route to a big bucket against the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:10

Rose Says 'Get That Weak Stuff Outta Here'

In his first game back since 2017, Derrick Rose makes a big stop with just seconds left in the third quarter to keep the score even against the Magic.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:12

Highlight in freeD: James Snags Alley-Oop

Experience LBJ's alley-oop jam from I.T. in the first quarter in freeD vs. the Magic.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:10

Highlight in freeD: LBJ Dimes Wade

Experience LeBron's slick assist to DWade in the second quarter in freeD vs. the Magic.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:12

KLove Finishes Half with Slick Bucket

Love rounds out the first half with a slick reverse layup with just seconds left on the clock.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:09

Tristan Plays Tough in the Paint

Tristan Thompson fights for the offensive rebound and goes right back up for the slam.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:10

Highlight in freeD: Crowder's Sneaky Steal

Experience Jae Crowder's sneaky steal with this freeD highlight.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:14

Highlight in freeD: JR Knocks Down Trey

Experience JR Smith's in freeD first quarter three with this snazzy highlight.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:12

DWade Goes Up for Big Jam

DWade throws down the hammer against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:09

LBJ Earns And-One after Snagging Perfect Pass

LeBron James is "More Driven" by earning the and-one after receiving a beautiful behind-the-back pass from JR Smith down in the paint.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:13

Featured Highlight: I.T. to LBJ Connection

Isaiah Thomas finds LBJ in the rear-view mirror for a beautifully timed alley-oop.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:09

I.T. Weaves Through Orlando Defenders

Isaiah Thomas bobs and weaves through Magic defenders enroute to his first two points of the game.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:09

James Assist To Wade

Pass of the year? LeBron dishes no-look pass between defender's legs to D-Wade.
Jan 18, 2018  |  00:33

#CavsMagic Shootaround: LeBron James - January 18, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the following Thursday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 18, 2018  |  08:59

Practice: Derrick Rose - January 17, 2018

Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose spoke with the media following Wednesday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 17, 2018  |  05:02

Practice: LeBron James - January 17, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Wednesday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 17, 2018  |  06:21

Practice: Coach Lue - January 17, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Wednesday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jan 17, 2018  |  06:16

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