NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets Injury Reports, Predicted Lineups, and Starting 5s
In a play-in tournament game, the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Brooklyn to face the Brooklyn Nets. Despite their early-season fanfare, the Cavaliers (44-38) finished the regular season with a seven-game losing streak. They do, though, have the explosiveness to cause problems for any of the East’s top teams. Meanwhile, the Nets are surrounded by a lot of uncertainty, which has been a recurring issue for Brooklyn this season. Things, on the other hand, appear to be coming into place at the most critical time of the season. Kevin Durant has returned from a knee injury, while Kyrie Irving is no longer sidelined for home games.
Injury Update for the Cleveland Cavaliers
Jarrett Allen is sidelined due to a finger fracture. Collin Sexton and Dean Wade are both out with knee injuries and are expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Injury Report for the Brooklyn Nets
Ben Simmons continues to remain sidelined due to a back issue, joining Joe Harris as a long-term absentee. Harris is recovering from surgery on his ankle. Seth Curry is named as a possible player.
Predicted Lineups for Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets
In the backcourt, Darius Garland and Caris LeVert should start, while Isaac Okoro and Evan Mobley could start at forward. In Jarrett Allen’s absence, Moses Brown should start at center.
The backcourt should be manned by Kyrie Irving and Seth Curry, while Kevin Durant and Bruce Brown may handle the frontcourt. Andre Drummond might be the focal point.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets Predicted Starting 5s
G – Darius Garland | G – Caris LeVert | F – Isaac Okoro | F – Evan Mobley | C – Moses Brown.
G – Kyrie Irving ; G – Seth Curry; F – Bruce Brown; F – Kevin Durant; C – Andre Drummond.