The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors have started the season in a positive manner, winning some big matches, which has helped them stay at the top and third position respectively in the eastern conference table. Cavaliers have won eight and lost one, while the Raptors have won seven and lost two.
There is no denying the fact that they are in good form at present, and their players' confidence must be high as well. Hence, when Cavaliers host Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday, the contest should produce some thrilling moments with some incredible players in both the teams.
LeBron James has struck top gear early on. He has been strong on both sides of the floor for the Cavaliers, and his tussle against DeMarre Carroll will be interesting. Can Carroll stop James? Even if Raptors' star shuts James, they need to find a way to stop Kyrie Irving from scoring. Irving averages 23.9 pp this season.
They are a huge threat offensively, with Kevin Love also contribution in his team's wins this season. Add to this, the home crowd will create a tough atmosphere for the Raptors.
The Raptors have already defeated some top teams in the league including Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Hornets, but this match against Cavaliers will be their big test in the NBA so far. The way Raptors have approached this season, one would not be surprised if they hand Cavs their second loss of the season.
The Raptors have it in them to script a win, but they have to be consistent in all departments of the game. Not only do they have to be solid on their side of the court, but have to attack the rim aggressively, and their shooting has to be perfect, most of the times.
As far as their offensive game goes, DeMar DeRozan has been terrific, he averages 34.0 ppg. It is his incredible performances, which has helped Raptors stay in the top half of the table. The guard will view this as an opportunity to shine against a star-studded team and grab headlines with another stunning game. Kyle Lowry is another Raptors player, who has to get his A game on Tuesday.
With stars in both camps, and that too in form, what could one ask for? A brilliant and a close contest is expected at Quicken Loans Arena.
Where to Watch Live
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors is set to begin at 7 pm ET (12am GMT, 5:30 am IST next day). Live Streaming and TV guide for the NBA match is below.
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USA: TV: TSN.
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