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The Cleveland Cavaliers (15-7) and the Boston Celtics (14-10) finally meet for the first time this season in what should be an emotion-filled contest this evening. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. (ET) from the TD Garden.
Cleveland (15-7) opened their road trip with a 111-76 win at Orlando on Friday. The 35-point win was Cleveland’s biggest of the season and their largest margin of victory over the Magic in team history (previously 32 on November 24, 2014)
The Cavaliers have a NBA-high four road wins by at least 30 points since February 20, 2015 (regular season only). Prior to that, the Cavs had just two 30-point road wins in their entire franchise history. (STATS, Inc.)
Boston (14-10) enters Tuesday’s contest having won three of their last four with that one loss coming in a 124-119 double-overtime loss to the Golden Stat Warriors this past Friday.
The Celtics are led by their dynamic backcourt tandem of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. Thomas averages team-highs in points (20.8) and assists (6.7) per game while Bradley chips in 16.3 points per.
Cavaliers’ probable starting lineup: 6-3 Matthew Dellavedova (8.7 ppg, 5.4 apg), 6-4 Jared Cunningham (3.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg), 6-8 LeBron James (26.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 6.4 apg), 6-10 Kevin Love (17.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg) and 7-2 Timofey Mozgov (7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg).
Celtics’ probable starting lineup: 5-7 Isaiah Thomas (20.8 ppg, 6.7 apg), 6-4 Avery Bradley (16.3 ppg, 43% 3-pt), 6-7 Jae Crowder (12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg), 6-10 Amir Johnson (7.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and 6-10 Jared Sullinger (12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg).