Cleveland Cavaliers, who are the standout team in the NBA Eastern Conference with 11 wins from 14 matches, are set to travel to Air Canada Centre to face Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers will be looking for their fourth straight win as they have defeated Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic in their last three games. With Kevin Love, LeBron James and Mo Williams in their ranks, Cavaliers' position at the top of the conference is no surprise.
Also, James has been their best player as he averages 25.8 points per game (ppg) alongside Love with 19.4 ppg. If the duo get their game going against Raptors, the home team might have to suffer a defeat in front of their fans.
Dwane Casey, Raptors coach, is aware of the tough task to handle the Cavaliers team , who are playing some high quality basketball.
"It's a very good litmus test," AP quoted Casey as saying.
"They're playing good basketball right now. It seems like it's another road game where you're in town and then back out of town, but it's what the schedule gives us and we have to come prepared."
The Raptors will require their top players such as DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry to come up with a good performance, but it will be neutralised if James steals the show with his skills on the court and helps his team win.
Hence, the Raptors need to keep a close guard on James or may be even double-team the star player. One person, who needs to be on his toes against James will be DeMarre Carroll and the Raptors player believes it is a big game for his team. What makes James a class player is his all-round skills on both sides – offence and defence – of the court.
"It's a great opportunity to play them," Carroll said. "I think they're the best team in the East right now. If you can't get up for this game, you're not a real NBA player."
Where to watch live
Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA game is scheduled for 7:30 pm EST (6 am IST, 12:30 am GMT) start. There is no live coverage in India.
Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA game can be followed live in the Philippines on NBA Premium.
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