Tonight, Feb. 18, the Cleveland Cavaliers will go toe-to-toe with the woeful Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to the All-Star break, they made it four straight wins, a season high and the longest in recent memory, but they will be relishing the opportunity to keep their form going. You could perhaps argue that there’s no better team to do this against than the 76ers.
Like the Cavaliers, the 76ers were supposed to make a playoff push this season, but they’ve struggled to keep scores close let alone win many games. Their pre-All-Star form got worse than expected when they were totally destroyed in two games, losing by unthinkable amounts. The Cavaliers will be in a confident mood following their good form and the superb All-Star Weekend performances from Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, so one would think it’d be a game the Cavaliers should win.
If Waiters and Irving find their recent form in the first quarter, it could get ugly quickly for the panicking Philadelphia players, who are in need of a confidence boost from somewhere. If they lose this, expect the 76ers to make a move before the trade deadline this week. Win or lose, the Cavaliers will make a move this week, too.
What makes this game exciting is that neither team has done what people have been predicting and they are full of surprises, so we could see an outcome of any manner in this encounter.
Will the 76ers see a humiliating defeat, or will they find their feet and stomp all over the Cavaliers?