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Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans are aiming to return to their earlier season position in the standings. The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 35-22 overall record but just a 12-16 road record. The New Orleans Pelicans have fallen to seventh in the Western Conference with a 29-27 overall record but an impressive 20-9 overall record.
This will be the second and last time that the Cavaliers and Pelicans meet this season. The last time these two teams met the Cavaliers took the victory, 103-113. The New Orleans Pelicans will have home-court advantage this time out, where the Pelicans have won 11 straight.
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|Cleveland Cavaliers||Head-to-Head||New Orleans Pelicans|
|J.B. Bickerstaff||Head Coach||Willie Green|
|35-22 (4th in East)||Standing||29-27 (7th in West)|
|115.4 (10th of 30)||Off Rtg||114.5 (15th of 30)|
|109.6 (1st of 30)||Def Rtg||112.5 (7th of 30)|
|95.6 (30th of 30)||Pace||99.8 (14th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Mitchell (26.8)||PPG||Z. Williamson (26.0)|
|J. Allen (9.9)||RPG||J. Valanciunas (9.8)|
|D. Garland (8.1)||APG||C. McCollum (5.9)|
|D. Mitchell (1.5)||SPG||H. Jones (1.7)|
|E. Mobley (1.4)||BPG||H. Jones, L. Nance Jr. (0.7)|
|R. Lopez (.655)/D. Mitchell (9.3)||FG%/FGM||L. Nance Jr. (.615)/Z. Williamson (9.8)|
|D. Wade (.417)/D. Mitchell (3.6)||3P%/3PM||G. Temple (.429)/C. McCollum (2.9)|
|Dylan Windler||Cleveland Cavaliers||21 Jan 2023||Out (Ankle)||Windler is yet to play this season and is out indefinitely.|
|Darius Garland||Cleveland Cavaliers||09 Feb 2023||Day to Day (Thumb)||Garland was OUT for Cleveland's Wednesday (Feb. 8) game.|
|Donovan Mitchell||Cleveland Cavaliers||09 Feb 2023||Day to Day (Groin)||Mitchell was OUT for Cleveland's Wednesday (Feb. 8) game.|
|E.J. Liddell||New Orleans Pelicans||28 Oct 2022||Out (Knee)||Liddell suffered a torn ACL and is out indefinitely.|
|Zion Williamson||New Orleans Pelicans||24 Jan 2023||Out (Hamstring)||Williamson will be re-evaluated at a later date.|
|Dyson Daniels||New Orleans Pelicans||25 Jan 2023||Out (Ankle)||Daniels will be out for an indefinite period and will be re-evaluated at a later date according to head coach Willie Green.|
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Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans are looking to improve their position in their respective conference. The Cavaliers are currently on a four-game winning streak on top of going 7-3 over their last 10 games. The Pelicans have won three games in a row, but those are their only wins over their last 10 games.
The Cavaliers are one of the league's top defensive teams, allowing just 106.2 points per game (1st in the NBA) while holding teams to just 46.4% from the field (5th in the NBA) and limiting them to just 11.5 threes per game (4th in the NBA). Cleveland's offense has been impressively engaged over their four-game win streak, averaging 119.3 points on 52.9% from the field and 38.8% from deep. The Pelicans have faltered due to injury this season, but they still average 44.4 rebounds per game (9th in the NBA) while holding teams to just 42.1 boards per game (5th in the NBA).
We're taking the Cavaliers in this matchup. New Orleans are a team that are at their strongest when they can find success at the rim. That's where the Cavaliers excel defensively and the Pelicans don't project to have the three-point threat to overcome them.
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