Cavaliers win if…
Defense. Defense. Defense. The Cavaliers have had no problems scoring the basketball through the first three games (110.9ppg) as they have the second highest offense in the Eastern confrence. Defense on the other hand has been quite the opposite. If Cleveland wishes to win this game they must control the three headed monster of the nets, Carris LeVert, D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie, the three guards are combining for almost half of Brooklyn’s points. Slowing down LeVert will be the most difficult as the Columbus native is averaging just under 25 points a game.
Nets win if…
Brooklyn starts hot. Against the New York Knicks in their lone win, the Nets were able to start 11/14 from the field, although NY battled back the hot start created a confidence that lasted all game long. Basketball is such a make or miss sport that seeing shots going in early, often leads to game long success.
While a hot start would be nice, the second quarter is where the Nets need to thrive to ensure a win. The Cavaliers have been historically bad in second quarters this season, getting outscored 111-72 after the first three games. Opponents have been hitting shots at a 51.9 percent clip in second quarters vs Cleveland.
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