Cleveland Cavaliers (9-9, sixth in the Eastern Conference) versus New York Knicks (8-11, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: New York loses three players in a row against Cleveland.
The Knicks played 6-6 against opponents from the Eastern Conference. New York ranks sixth in the league with 36.5 defensive rebounds per game, led by Julius Randle with an average of 9.7.
The Cavaliers have played 8-6 against opponents from the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is 4-2 against opponents with one loss.
The teams meet for the third time this season. The Cavaliers won 106-103 in their last matchup on January 15th. Andre Drummond led Cleveland with 33 points and Randle led New York with 28 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Randle averages 22.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and six assists for the Knicks. RJ Barrett has averaged 17.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in their last 10 games for New York.
Darius Garland leads the Cavaliers with an average of 5.5 assists and scores 14.3 points per game. Cedi Osman has averaged 2.9 3-point points and 15.3 points in the last 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 MATCHES: Knicks: 3-7, averaging 100.5 points, 47.6 rebounds, 19.6 assists, 6.2 steals, and five blocks per game while 43.5% is shot off the field. Your opponents averaged 103.5 points at 42.7% shooting.
Cavaliers: 5-5, averaging 107.3 points, 42.7 rebounds, 22.9 assists, 9.3 steals, and 5.1 blocks per game while 46.0% are shot from the field. Your opponents averaged 112.2 points at 48.0% shooting.
INJURIES: Curtsy: Reggie Bullock: Day after day (neck).
Cavaliers: Larry Nance Jr .: out (wrist), Matthew Dellavedova: out (concussion), Kevin Love: out (calf).