The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the strongest teams at home as they can play some exquisite basketball with the home fans egging them on. They have 20-4 win loss record at home this season. With such a brilliant home record, the Cavaliers are set to welcome Sacramento Kings at the Q Arena on Monday.
With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving playing some quality basketball, the duo has helped the team win a number of matches and will be expected to fire their team to yet another win against the Kings. James has been a huge player for the Cavs on both ends of the floor, averaging 25 ppg and 7.1 rebounds as well.
Champion teams not only rely on one or two players but have good players in their squad to help them become an even more dangerous side. The same can be said for Cavaliers, who apart from James and Irving, have Kevin Love and Timofey Mozgov to strengthen their team.
When these players get into the scene, they form a strong team in the NBA and can also challenge for the title. However, they cannot afford to take the Kings lightly as well. The Cavaliers of late lost against teams -- Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets -- which they were expected to win before bouncing back to a much-needed win against New Orleans in their last game.
"We need to win every time we play, but coming off those two losses we had to show our mental toughness and understand we have to take care of home floor," AP quoted Kyrie Irving as saying.
The Cavaliers will be determined to get back to their winning ways on Monday against the Kings, whose performances of late have been very poor. They have only emerged victorious once in their last eight matches. With such record, they are aware of the uphill task. However, if they deliver the goods on Monday, they may spring in a surprise as well.
"We're in a losing mode. We're losing games, but our basketball has not been bad basketball. It's been not good enough to win basketball, which happens in the NBA every night. Just because you lose doesn't mean you don't play good basketball," Kings' coach George Karl said.
Where to watch live
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Sacramento Kings live NBA game is scheduled for 7 pm ET (5:30 am IST) start. India viewers can watch the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Sacramento Kings live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD with live streaming on Sonyliv.
There is no national TV live coverage in the US.
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