Thursday, March 30, 2023

NBA Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers (38-22) at Philadelphia Sixer (37-19)

The red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers would probably rather not see the league halt action for the All-Star break.

Cleveland will look for its eighth consecutive victory when it visits the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

Since falling 100-97 to the Miami Heat on Jan. 31, the Cavaliers have defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.

Donovan Mitchell led the way with a stellar 41-point performance in a 117-109 win over the Spurs on Monday.

But Mitchell was far from satisfied with the victory.

Mitchell paused and continued with the criticism after the game which sent the Spurs reeling to their 13th consecutive loss.

Jarrett Allen added 17 points and 11 rebounds, Darius Garland chipped in 16 points and seven assists and Evan Mobley had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Veteran guard Danny Green, who was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2009, is expected to sign with the team once he clears waivers. The Houston Rockets waived Green after a trade deadline deal.

The Sixers have also been playing well and will look for their fourth straight win heading into the break.

Philadelphia had little trouble dispatching the Rockets 123-104 on Monday behind James Harden’s 28 points and 10 assists. Tyrese Maxey added 26 points, six assists and five rebounds off the bench and Joel Embiid scored 23 points.

After a bit of a scoring slump, Maxey has regained his form and was aggressive from the start on both ends.

Newly acquired Jalen McDaniels contributed eight points and five rebounds in his first game in front of the Sixers’ fans.

The Sixers signed center Dewayne Dedmon and he’s expected to be available to face the Cavaliers. The 7-footer was previously with the Miami Heat.

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