Tonight the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) will host the New Orleans Pelicans (3-2) in a match-up that will highlight two of the front runners for MVP this year in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Both teams are coming off wins, with the Pelicans most recently beating the Spurs in a nail biter 100-99 on Saturday. The well rested Cavaliers are looking to give the home fans their first win at the Q of the season after a disappointing, emotional home opener loss in October against a mediocre Knicks team.
Anthony Davis is playing at an MVP level averaging 24.4 points and 12.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocks a game, and is surround by a starting core that rivals any in the NBA. With a back-court of Jrue Holiday, back this year after missing almost the entire season last year due to injury, and the extremely talented Eric Gordon, the Cavalier’s Kyrie Irving and Shawn Marion will have all that they can handle on the defensive end. New comer Omer Asik will also provide huge problems, as he and Anthony Davis are a match-up nightmare for Andy and K-Love down low.
In the end the key to winning game will come down to ball movement and the bench play for Cleveland. If the Cavaliers can move the ball and find the best shot they will find themselves in great shape. Dion Waiters and TT will also have to have big games with the second unit as the Pelicans are thin on the bench with the exception of the sharp shooting Ryan Anderson.
LeBron James promised he would make it up to the Cleveland fans after losing the home opener, and I see the Cavaliers pulling off a close victory 98-87.
Cavaliers: PG – Kyrie Irving, SG – Shawn Marion, SF – LeBron James PF – Kevin Love,
C – Anderson Varejao
Pelicans: PG – Jrue Holiday, SG – Eric Gordon, SF – Tyreke Evans PF – Anthony Davis,
C – Amer Osik
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Kaan gencer