Jarrett Allen v Tristian Thompson/ Larry Nance Jr
This one is more for the basketball purists out there, the ones who have the ability to watch the game without watching the ball. Jarrett Allen has gotten better each and every season he’s been in the league, and blossomed into a building block for Brooklyn, this season is no different (13.8ppg, 8rbds, 3blks.) The key stat their is the blocks, as he is truly a problem for guys driving into the lane, serving as a legit rim protector.
The key for Tristian Thompson and Larry Nance Jr will be to try and neutralize Allen and get him out away from the basket. Thompson and Nance Jr both have the ability to follow the ball on offense and draw defenders away from the hoop, this will be needed tonight to open up lanes for the Cavaliers scorers.
On the defensive side of the ball the Cavaliers must rebound the basketyball better than they did on Sunday. Offensive rebounds will hurt you against any opponent, but especially when you’re facing a guy like Allen.
Spencer Dinwiddie v Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson and Spencer Dinwiddie both have similar roles within their organization, come off the bench and score. Dinwiddie has scored in double figures in each of the Nets first three games, with his season high (23) coming opening night against the Pistons.
Clarkson on the other hand has been on quite a tear to begin the season, averaging over 17 points per game on over 50% shooting. Clarkson and Dinwiddie will be matched up with each other when the second units are on the floor, and the winner of this match-up could dictate which side gets the victory. Neither Clarkson or Dinwiddie is known much for the defensive prowess, so look for the winner of this one to out score the other.
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