It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams on the hardwood in the City of Brotherly Love. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road as they travel to face the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night. Cleveland was knocked off 93-87 at home by Orlando in their last game on Friday night. Philadelphia was upended 119-113 on the road by Washington in their last contest Thursday night. The 76ers own a 108-103 advantage in the all-time regular season series and have taken the last four meetings. That includes a 114-95 road win in the most recent matchup on November 17.
Cleveland Cavaliers Try to End Skid at FiveCleveland suffered their fifth straight loss as they were shut down by Orlando at home Friday night. The Cavaliers enter this contest in the basement of the Central Division, 14 games behind the Bucks. Cleveland led by one after the opening quarter, trailed by five at the half and rallied to lead by two after three quarters. The Cavaliers led 81-79 with 6:57 to play but was outscored 14-6 the rest of the way to wind up with the loss. Cleveland shot 42.2 percent from the field, including 10 of 34 from three-point range, but was hurt by 18 turnovers in the contest. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 19 points in the loss.
The Cavaliers are 28th in the league in scoring this season with 104.2 points per game. Cleveland is 21st in rebounding with 44 caroms a night while the team stands 28th with 20.4 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are below average defensively, ranking 18th in scoring defense by allowing 112.8 points per game. Kevin Love is second on the team with 16.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest this year. Collin Sexton (team-high 18.1 points), Tristan Thompson (13.9 points, 10.6 rebounds) and Jordan Clarkson (14 points) are scoring in double figures on the year. Larry Nance Jr. (10.8 points, 7.4 rebounds), Cedi Osman, Darius Garland (10.8 points) and Kevin Porter Jr. are key pieces of the rotation for the Cavaliers. Cleveland is 26th in the league by shooting 43.6 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are 19th in the league in made threes with 10.9 triples a night while ranking 25th in three-point shooting by shooting 34.2 percent from downtown.
Philadelphia 76ers Look to Remain Unbeaten at HomePhiladelphia has been on a roll at home but dropped to 5-7 on the road this season after a disappointing loss to the Wizards Thursday night. The 76ers enter this game third in the Atlantic Division, 1.5 games behind the Celtics. Philadelphia was up eight after the opening quarter but was outscored 40-22 in the second to trail by 10 at halftime. The 76ers were playing catch-up the rest of the way and couldn’t get closer than five in the second half. Philadelphia shot 53.2 percent from the field, including 13 of 28 from three-point range, but was burned by 21 turnovers in the game. Joel Embiid finished with 26 points plus 21 rebounds but committed eight turnovers in the loss to lead the 76ers.
Needed that. pic.twitter.com/A3nhPzlw7e— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 6, 2019
The 76ers are tied for 17th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 108.8 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is 10th by collecting 46.2 rebounds per contest while the team is sixth by dishing out 26 assists per game. The 76ers are tied for 5th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 104.4 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 22.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 19.1 points plus 7.2 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 13.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.5 steals a night while Al Horford (14.4 points, seven rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (16.1 points) are all off to strong starts this season. Furkan Korkmaz, Mike Scott and Raul Neto are key reserves for Brett Brown’s group. Philadelphia is 7th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.9 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are tied for 21st in the league as they splash 10.7 triples a night while ranking 11th by shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc on the year.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Cavaliers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss
- Cavaliers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall
- Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game