Cleveland (3-8) will be without leading scorer Kyrie Irving, who is expected to miss a month with a broken left index finger. As a result, the Cavaliers will likely lean more heavily on the likes of Dion Waiters (13.9 points per game), Anderson Varejao (13.9 PPG and 13.7 rebounds per game), Alonzo Gee (12.0 PPG), Daniel Gibson (9.3 PPG), Tristan Thompson (9.2 PPG and 8.7 RPG), and Jeremy Pargo (9.0 PPG).
The Magic (4-7) have won just two of their past nine games, both against the Detroit Pistons, but will look to take advantage of a Cavaliers team that is without its leader. Orlando has five players averaging double figures in points: Arron Afflalo (15.0 PPG), Glen Davis (14.8 PPG and 9.0 RPG), J.J. Redick (13.9 PPG and 5.0 assists per game), E’Twaun Moore (11.5 PPG), and Nikola Vucevic (10.2 PPG and 8.8 RPG). Jameer Nelson is adding 9.6 PPG to go with 6.8 APG.
"This is the time to get right because opponents are coming to our home," Davis said. "We can’t just sit back and watch. We have to get these wins so that we can compete in the Eastern Conference."
Friday’s game is slated for a 7:00 pm start on FS Florida.
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