19th Cavaliers vs. Nets preview: Love is expected to return to the Cavaliers or win

19th Cavaliers vs. Nets preview: Love is expected to return to the Cavaliers or win
After a difficult road trip, the Cavaliers finally returned to their home court.Tomorrow morning, they will usher in the challenge of the Nets at home.With the expected return of Kevin Love, the Cavaliers are expected to reap the 14th consecutive home victory, further solidifying their second place in the East.The Cavaliers ended a difficult schedule. In the past 15 games, the Cavaliers have 12 away games and only 3 home games. The tough schedule also affected their performance. In the end, they only achieved 10 wins and 5 losses.Among them, the away game against the Heat yesterday, they are passive in the audience, and finally lost here 92-106 for the second time this season.  In this game, the Cavaliers shot only 38% from the field, while the Heat reached 55.3%, such a disparate attack efficiency comparison, directly led to their worst loss since February 13.LeBron James scored 26 points on 8-of-19 shooting, but he suffered a knee injury and wounded. He only got 10 points and 2 assists on 3 of 10 shots in the first three quarters.  Kyrie Irving has been in a hot state recently, but against the Heat, he only made 5 of 15 shots and eventually scored 21 points.During the game, his thigh was hit by the opponent. Fortunately, neither he nor James is expected to miss tomorrow’s game due to injury.In the first two games against the Nets this season, Irving made 8 of 28 shots, scoring 23 points in two games.  After two games of rest, Loew is expected to return in tomorrow’s game.In the game against the Nets on December 9, he scored 19 points and 14 rebounds, helping the team win a 110-88 victory.However, on December 20, the two teams met again, but he only scored 6 points on 1 of 10 shots.  Although the Cavaliers are currently ranked second in the division, the Raptors leading the third place have only two wins, and the Bulls leading the fourth are only two and a half wins.With 13 games left in the regular season, this advantage is not solid.This season, the Cavaliers have 24 wins and 9 losses at home, and only 19 wins and 17 losses at home, so when coach David Blatter said he wanted to fight to maintain the second place in the division to ensure that they have home advantage before the finals.It is not difficult to understand.  Under the rankings, the Nets’ situation is worse. They have just won three consecutive victories, and this has tied the team’s longest winning streak in the season.In the last 122-106 victory over the Timberwolves, Joe Johnson scored 22 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic and Sadis Young also scored 21 points and 19 points, respectively.  After winning this game, the Nets are still two and a half games behind the Heat in the Eastern Conference, ranking 11th in the division.The outlook for the playoffs is not optimistic.  The Nets also have their own advantages. They are the highest team in the league after the All-Star. In the last game they played the Timberwolves. They just set a record for the season’s highest inside with 78 points.Although the Cavaliers have won in a row, they have trailed the opponents 118-114 in the past three games.  It is worth mentioning that in the past three visits to the Quick Loan Center, the Nets have no success.The two sides are expected to start the Nets: Williams, Brown, Johnson, Young, Lopez Cavaliers: Irving, Smith, James, Love, Mozgov (Panda)

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