The (12-6) Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Milwaukee on Friday to face the (12-5) Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks won the previous meeting between these two teams by a score of 113-98.
Is Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell READY tonight?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently third in the Eastern Conference standings, just 2.5 games behind the first-place Boston Celtics. If they want to get closer to the top two seeds, they must stay hot.
Donovan Mitchell had 34 points (11-18 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 6-7 FT), two rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 31 minutes against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Mitchell was a consistent offensive presence for Cleveland, scoring at least six points in each quarter. He hit at least six three-pointers for the fourth time this season.
The 26-year-old is averaging 30.1 points per game while shooting 50.5 percent and making 42.3 percent of his three-point attempts.
Darius Garland had 24 points (9-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and 12 assists in 36 minutes against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Garland missed five of his six shots in the first quarter but compensated with six assists. The rest of the game, he was an efficient scorer, tallying 22 points in the final three quarters and going 8-for-13 from the field.
In his last six games, he’s averaged 31.7 points and 8.0 assists while shooting 53.3 percent and going 28-for-52 from beyond the arc.
Mitchell and Garland are both expected to play in the upcoming match.
Caris LeVert (ankle) will miss Friday’s game in Milwaukee.
Kevin Love (thumb) is still out for Friday’s game against the Bucks.
The Milwaukee Bucks are second in the Eastern Conference standings, 2.5 games behind the first-place Boston Celtics. They will be looking to rebound after a tough loss to the Bulls on Wednesday night.
Khris Middleton (wrist) will miss the game against the Cavaliers on Friday.
Middleton appears to be on the verge of returning, but not on Friday. The Bucks will play the Mavericks on Sunday.
Jrue Holiday (illness) is expected to play against the Cavaliers on Friday.
Holiday has appeared in three games since returning from a sprained ankle, and the illness isn’t expected to prevent him from playing on Friday. He’s averaging 17.4 points, 7.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 29.9 minutes this month.