CLEVELAND – The complexion of the Eastern Conference has returned to a familiar form, with the third-place Cavs riding a 10-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 11, and the first-place Celtics previously rattling off 16 straight victories from Oct. 20 to Nov. 20.
The complexion of the Memphis Grizzlies has turned to an unfamiliar form, with the firing of former head coach David Fizdale and an Achilles injury to Mike Conley transpiring amidst a chaotic, 10-game losing streak since Nov. 11.
Saturday evening presents a battle of two rosters trending in opposite directions.
Cleveland (15-7) and Memphis (7-14) will play the first of two matchups this season at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, a clash between arguably the hottest and coldest teams in the National Basketball Association.
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Online: FOX Sports Go
Radio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM
Cavs probable starters: PG Jose Calderson, SG J.R. Smith, SF LeBron James, PF Jae Crowder, C Kevin Love.
Grizzlies probable starters: PG Tyreke Evans, SG Dillon Brooks, SF Ben McLemore, PF JaMychal Green, C Marc Gasol.
Cavs injuries: SG Iman Shumpert (knee – OUT), PF/C Tristan Thompson (calf – OUT), PG Isaiah Thomas (hip – OUT), PG Derrick Rose (ankle – OUT).
Grizzlies injuries: C Marc Gasol (foot – GAME-TIME DECISION), PF/C Brandan Wright (groin – OUT), SF Chandler Parsons (knee – OUT), PG Mike Conley (Achilles – OUT), SG Wayne Selden (quadriceps – OUT).