2021-11-25
Phoenix Suns
Cleveland Cavaliers
League : NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Phoenix Suns travel to Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse for an inter-conference battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. The Suns (14-3) are off to a scorching hot start and sit atop the Western Conference through 17 games. The Cavaliers (9-9) have been hit with the injury bug but have stayed afloat through the first

Cavs Dealing With Injury Woes

Cleveland was hit with a series of bad news events, losing stand-out guard Collin Sexton for the season. Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley - the No. 3 overall draft pick - will be out until December after his right elbow became entangled with Celtics center Enes Kanter last week.

 

Lauri Markkanen is practicing after being cleared from the NBA's health and safety protocols for COVID-19 and resumed action against the Nets on Monday. He is a game-time decision for this matchup. It was a flurry of unfavorable events for this young Cavs team. They are third in the NBA allowing 101.7 points per game. Mobley and Jarret Allen were doing great things inside, limiting anything at the rim from opposing teams. Unfortunately, they’ll be without the promising center for at least a month. They’ll have to find an adjustment, soon.

 

Suns Off to Fiery Start

Phoenix is off to a scorching start to the year after making it to the NBA Finals last season. They sit atop the Western Conference and are shooting the rock at a sizzling rate. They rank fourth averaging 111.6 points per game on 47.4% shooting and have compiled a 56.9 true shooting percentage through 17 games.

 

Impressively, they rank third in defensive rating on the hands of their dynamic big-man center commanding the paint. Deandre Ayton has averaged 15.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, with 1.1 steals and one block per game. The defensive stats may not be there quite yet for the 3rd year center, but his presence on the interior is a big part of what Phoenix likes to do. Chris Paul is playing like he’s 25 years old, averaging 14 points and 10.7 dimes on 46.7% shooting. Phoenix is here, and here to stay.







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