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Christmas Day preview: Cavaliers vs. Warriors

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Cavaliers faces the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. The game will tip off at 3 pm at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The Cavaliers come into this game with a 24-9 game. The Warriors have a 26-7 record.

According to Consensus Analysis, the Cavaliers have a 62% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Cavaliers a 63% chance to win this game.

This is the first meeting between these two teams since their third straight NBA Finals appearance. The Warriors won the last game, 129-120, over the Cavaliers on June 12th, 2017; winning their second NBA Finals Championship in a three-year span.

The Cavaliers have not defeated the Warriors since June 9th, 2017 when they won 137-116. Each team has split the past 10 games, winning five games each.

Prior to the June 9th, 2017 win, the Cavaliers won four straight games from June 13th, 2016 through December 25th, 2016.

The Cavaliers won their last game, 115-112, over the Chicago Bulls on December 21st, 2017. They have not lost a game since beating the Milwaukee Bucks, 119-116, on December 19th, 2017.

The Warriors lost their last game, losing 96-81 to the Denver Nuggets on December 23rd, 2017. They have not won a game since defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. 113-106, on December 22nd, 2017.

Cleveland is averaging 111.3 points per game. Golden State is averaging 115 points per game.

LeBron James leads the Cavaliers with 28.4 points per game. Kevin Love is averaging 10.1 rebounds per game.

James is also averaging 9.2 assists per game.

Stephen Curry — who will miss this game due to injury — leads the Warriors with 26.3 points per game. Draymond Green is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game.

Green also leads the team with 7.3 assists per game.


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