The Cleveland Cavaliers will finally wrap up their road trip of horrors on Monday night in San Francisco against the Golden State Warriors. They’re coming off a loss against the George-less and Leonard-less Los Angeles Clippers last night, 128-111. This has become the norm for the Cavaliers, as they have now failed to cover in ten straight games and go into this contest on a seven-game losing streak.
There has been zero effort from this team, especially defensively during this run, where the intensity has been lost. Early on in the season, I was impressed with the defensive fire that the Cavaliers were playing with. They were hovering around the .500 mark because of their defensive effort. All of that effort has been absent for the Cavaliers over the last several weeks. Missed assignments galore, while no one is stepping up and putting any pressure on opponents.
On their current road trip, the Cavaliers have lost against the Suns, 119-113, Nuggets, 133-95, Trail Blazers, 129-110, and Clippers, 128-111. The close call against the Suns feels like an outlier during this cold run by the Cavaliers. In any case, that’s their only solid effort during this road trip. And no, Kevin Love injured isn’t the only explanation for the Cavaliers’ problems.
His presence would certainly help, but there are plenty of holes on the Cavaliers. I have nothing but good things to say about Collin Sexton, though. Sexton continues to stand out on a bad team for the Cavaliers. He’s averaging 22.7 points per game, and is connecting at a 48.6% clip from the field. Sexton is shooting 42% from beyond the arc. Knock on wood, if Sexton was to get injured, then the Cavaliers would be in for a new world of hurt.
The Cavaliers have another tricky assignment on Monday night in San Francisco against the Warriors. The Dubs are coming off a 134-117 loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night in what was a highly anticipated matchup. Kevin Durant won the first-round in his return, as he and his Nets walked into the Chase Center and cut through their defense easily. The Warriors had no answers for the Nets’ onslaught. They should be able to do a much better job against the 10-19 Cavaliers. Head below for our free Cavaliers vs. Warriors pick on February 15, 2021.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers probably have no business hanging around in this game, but there comes a time, where the Cavs might be able to catch lightning in a bottle and come closer than they should. If there is any game to catch the Warriors in a bad spot, it could be the game following their outing versus the Nets. That said, it’s tough to see the Cavaliers’ defense slowing down Stephen Curry and company.
The Warriors have the talent to light up any defense in the NBA, and they should be able to do it against a Cleveland team in disarray on the defensive floor at the moment. This was the strength of the Cavaliers early on in the 2020-21 campaign. However, they’ve regressed hard and everybody is dicing the Cavaliers up. Overall, the Cavaliers are 18th in the NBA with 112.4 points against per game. Teams are shooting 47.9% against the Cavaliers for 28th.
They were a top-10 defense not too long ago. The Cavaliers were getting after it defensively, though they’ve hit a wall in that regard. In their previous ten outings, the Cavaliers have gotten hammered for 126.6 points a game. There really isn’t much point trying to play a defensive game against the Warriors tonight. On a back-to-back, their legs likely won’t want to anyway.
The Warriors should be able to operate efficiently against the Cavs’ defense tonight. In their last three meetings, the Warriors have had little problems scoring against Cleveland. They’ve scored 129, 120, and 131 points over their last three for an average of 126.6 points recorded per game. If the Cavaliers are going to stay around and make this a competitive game, they’re going to have to fire away offensively.
They’ve been doing alright recently, with at least 110 points scored in three of their previous four outings. The defense just hasn’t been getting it done. I’ve faded the Cavaliers twice on this road trip, including last night against the Clippers. However, the feeling of a Cleveland backdoor special is calling in this one. I would not be surprised to see a final score of 120-112 or 124-113. The OVER should be good regardless of who covers at the Chase Center on Monday.