Gunner could make Cleveland debut tonight
Armed with a shiny new toy, Cleveland commences a six-game road trip this evening in the desert. So just how much resistance can reeling Phoenix provide?
The two clubs collide for the first time in almost 13 months at 8:30 p.m. ET. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives the Cavaliers odds of -450 to emerge victorious. Conversely, the Suns represent +355 underdogs.
On Saturday, the Cavs (27-8) acquired Kyle Korver in a trade with the Hawks. With a career .429 success rate from beyond the arc, the Creighton product figures to add yet another dimension to the Central Division’s highest-scoring attack. Tyronn Lue’s troops have cracked the 115-point barrier in three of the past five contests.
Despite the best efforts of Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix (12-25) doesn’t boast quite the same firepower. The seventh-year guard poured in 26 points three nights ago, powering the Suns to a 102-95 triumph over Dallas. Bledsoe also ranks among the league’s top 15 in both assists (213) and steals (56).
When these squads last met, David Blatt still served as Cleveland’s bench boss. Now, with Lue at the helm, we’re seeing an infinitely more cohesive — and dangerous — operation. Unfortunately for Phoenix, it’s merely caught in the crosshairs.
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