We’re 72 games into the regular season with just 10 left before the start of the NBA playoffs. The Cavs have been coasting to victories in the past couple of months, losing just six games in the past 10 weeks! These final 10 games, however, will be very important in securing the last bit of chemistry and rhythm before the playoffs begin on the 18th of April. The Cavs are currently on a 15-game home winning streak and are 26-9 overall at home, so here’s hoping Cleveland finishes 32-9 at home.
With that being said, we look at the last 10 games, starting with the 10th game against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight!
10. Cleveland Cavaliers @ Memphis Grizzlies, March 25
The Cavaliers go into the grind-house Wednesday night to try and stop the Grizzlies, who will likely be without Courtney Lee and former Cavalier Jon Leuer. The Cavs’ Kevin Love and Timofey Mozgov will have a tough matchup down low against Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Cleveland does have the distinct advantage over the Grizzlies at shooting guard with J.R. Smith and small forward with LeBron James. The defensive presence of Iman Shumpert will also be huge against the Memphis bench while Kyrie Irving will have his hands full with Mike Conley.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 98 – Memphis Grizzlies 92
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9. Cleveland Cavaliers @ Brooklyn Nets, March 27
The Cavs have played very well against the Nets this season winning all three games. Two of the games were major blowouts with the middle game being a four-point Cavalier victory. Currently, Brooklyn is behind Miami, Boston, Charlotte, and Indiana for the seventh and eighth spot in the East, and unless those teams just throw it in the bag and fall apart, it doesn’t seem likely that the Nets make the playoffs. Cleveland has a favorable matchup in basically every position, including the bench, and Cleveland will likely sweep the season-series from the Nets.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 105 – Brooklyn Nets 91
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8. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers, March 29
During the Cavs’ season-high six-game losing streak in mid-January, the Philadelphia 76ers were able to sneak a win over Cleveland after outscoring them by 16 in the second half. The Cavs won the next meeting handily 97-84 in February and we don’t expect Cleveland to lose to this lowly team, especially without Michael Carter-Williams, unless they rest all of their starters.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 102 – Philadelphia 76ers 85
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7. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat, April 2
It’s fair to say that every Cavs-Heat game has been highly-anticipated this year, but this final meeting could have some major playoff implications. Miami doesn’t have an easy schedule as they’ll be facing playoff teams in Atlanta, San Antonio, Cleveland, Chicago, and Toronto all in one month. That’s not including games against the three teams they’re competing for the seventh and eighth spots in Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, and Indiana. Cleveland could very well lose this game as Miami gives them their absolute best shot, but with the Cavs riding a 15-game home winning streak, it doesn’t seem likely at all.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 110 – Miami Heat 97
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6. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls, April 5
The Cavs and Bulls will face off in their final meeting of the season with the season series on the line. The way both teams have played this season, it seems unlikely that Chicago is able to come into Cleveland and eek out a road victory. With Cleveland three games above the Bulls in the standings right now, a victory over Chicago would all but seal a Central Division title and the 2nd seed for the East playoffs.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 97 – Chicago Bulls 90
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5. Cleveland Cavaliers @ Milwaukee Bucks, April 8
Yeah, the Cavs have one more trip to Milwaukee, the second in just over two weeks, against the current number 6 seed in the East. Cleveland lost at home to the Bucks in embarrassing fashion at the end of 2014, but that almost seems like a completely different team as they haven’t lost many times when the Cavs’ key players are all healthy. Look for another victory on the road against the Bucks
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 110 – Milwaukee Bucks 100
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4. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics, April 10
Cleveland starts off a home-and-home matchup against the Boston Celtics, who are actually in the playoffs this season! Well, currently, they’re sitting in the eighth spot percentage points better than the the Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers. Cleveland will probably look to get out of the gate early and put the game away by halftime. LeBron always has good games against the Celtics, so expect another 27 point – 7 rebound – 7 assist – 2 steal line from LeBron James unless, of course, it does turn out to be a blowout.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 117 – Boston Celtics 94
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3. Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics, April 12
REST GAME ALERT! The Cavs finish off their home-and-home matchup with the Celtics, but it’s on the first night of a back-to-back set that sees the Cavs returning home for a matchup against the Detroit Pistons. Because of that, David Blatt will likely decide to sit his players out on the road against Boston. It would be an excellent time to sit out players like Love, James, and Irving, all of which have had minor yet nagging injuries this season.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 91 – Boston Celtics 102
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2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons, April 13
REST GAME ALERT! A home game against the Pistons on the second night of a back-to-back could be an easy win for the Cavs if Blatt indeed decides to rest some of his guys against Boston, but play them against Detroit. But then again, this could also be one of those games where LeBron, Love, Irving, Smith, and Mozgov all play around 15-20 minutes to keep in basketball shape/form, but also stay fresh for the upcoming championship run.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 95 – Detroit Pistons 89
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards
REST GAME ALERT! Cleveland finishes off their regular season with a home matchup against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards, who will likely still be fighting for playoff position could go out there and try to win this game in hopes of a higher seed. It could mean the difference between having home-court advantage against the Toronto Raptors or not. If Toronto is too high up in the standings, it’s possible Washington just throws in the reserves this game. As of right now, that is what we fully expect the Cavaliers to do, and because of that, we’re not expecting a victory to end off the season.
Score Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 84 – Washington Wizards 88