The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a five-game winning streak. Before the season started many believed there would be growing pains for this young team. However, so far that has not been the case. Adding Donovan Micthell via trade has really elevated this team into a legitimate threat. The Cavaliers are coming off a massive victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Cleveland had previously lost two games in a row to them. They have now beaten the top two teams in the eastern conference, the Boston Celtics and Bucks. Cleveland is now 22-11 and seat at third in the east.
The Cavaliers offensively have a balanced attack that has equipped them to succeed. Cleveland has had success using their guards and bigs in tandem. The Cavaliers have one of the deadliest pick-n-roll actions in the NBA. Mitchell is averaging 29.5 points a game and has elevated the Cavs in a short amount of time. In addition to Mitchell’s 29 points, a game Darius Garland adds 20.7 points a game along with 7.8 assists a night. So the guard’s play for the Cavs has been spectacular but that’s not the full story. Therefore, we add in the play of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen who both average around 14 points a game. With that, this team is scoring about 111.0 points a night.
On the defensive end of the ball, this Cavaliers team is led by All-star Allen and rookie of the year runner-up Mobley. These two dominant bigs are something a team needs with a smaller backcourt. Many believed that the Cavaliers’ defense would struggle mightily with Garland and Mitchell starting together. They are undersized compared to other teams’ backcourts but that has not made this team suffer on the defensive end. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the number one rated defense in all of the NBA. As a result, of the top defense, the Cavaliers are holding their opponents to only scoring 104.5 points a game. They are also first in point differential at +6.5 a game. This Cavaliers’ defense will lead this team deep into the playoffs and compete at a championship level for years to come.
Following the Cavaliers’ home victory over the Bucks, they now have the best home record in the NBA. At 16-2 this far into the season Cleveland has the best home record in the league. However, this team on the road is a different story they are 6-9 when away from Rocket Mortage Field house. Finding the recipe for success on the road will go a long way for this team heading into the playoffs. Cleveland is also 5-2 in the central division and 15-5 vs the entire eastern conference.
At third in the eastern conference, the Cavaliers are trying to put things together on the road to championship contention. Cleveland is 22-11 ten games over .500 this team is looking to put the league on notice. This team needs to find ways to become better on the road. Pairing that with the team staying healthy they will be a very scary team in the playoffs and possibly title contention. Rumors surrounding the Cavaliers are that they could be looking to add some wing players to the rotation. Adding a three and D player would be terrific for a young team. Along with the continued growth of second-year big man Mobley and allowing him fully flourish the Cavaliers will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
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