With two successive wins under their belt, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in great form during the ongoing NBA season, while their opponents for tonight, Detroit Pistons needs to be strong in the second half of the season.
The Pistons are just outside the Playoffs spot, so the remainder of the season would decide their qualifications in the Playoffs stage, but they have also looked good of late, where they won their last two matches against the Bulls and Wizards.
The Cavs on the other hand have defeated teams such as Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks. The Cavaliers have been more than impressive in their last 10 games, where they have won eight games, while the Pistons have lost six out of their last 10 games, which does not auger well as they take on one of the best teams in the league of late.
But, the coach for Cleveland Cavaliers wants to concentrate on the present instead of getting concerned about the past and the future.
"We have goals in mind," coach David Blatt said, as quoted by AP.
"We know that in order to achieve those goals, we have to play the game in front of us and be competitive every day and simply win as many basketball games as we can coming down the stretch here. Looking behind and looking ahead, it doesn't really serve any purpose. What we can control is what we do on the court on a daily basis."
What has made the Cavaliers a strong team is their all-around contribution. Players such as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov and JR Smith have been impressive in their displays. One player or the other has always stood up, when required.
Love averages 16.8 points per game with 10.4 rebounds, James averages an impressive 25.8 points per game with 5.6 rebounds and Irving averages 21.7 points per game.
Irving stated their bench have also been good this season.
"The ball's hopping around, guys are getting open looks," Irving said.
"Just the pace that we're playing with, everybody was clicking. It's good when we have not only our starters clicking but the bench coming in and doing what they do."
The Pistons would take some doing if they are to defeat the Cavs. Players such as Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Brandon Jennings and Greg Monroe need to step up their game.
If these players play to their potential, the Cavs would surely be tested by the Pistons.
Where to Watch Live
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30pm ET (6am IST and 12:30am GMT) with no Live TV Coverage in the US.
Viewers can stream it live on NBA.com