The Cleveland Cavaliers look to win their third straight game under J.B. Bickerstaff as they travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans.
Things look completely different for the J.B. Bickerstaff led Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs appear to be a much more competent group compared to when they were coached by the now departed John Beilein. Cleveland will look for third straight win and fourth in their past five games in New Orleans Friday night.
Cleveland took down the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday to improve to 3-1 under J.B. Bickerstaff. Now this must be said about Cleveland’s wins, there are asterisks of some sort. Their first win was against the Washington Wizards who were without John Wall. Cleveland faced Miami in back-to-back games and they were without Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro. Philly started the game without Ben Simmons and got all of 8 minutes of Joel Embiid before he left with an injury. While the team is winning, they are not necessarily facing squads at full strength.
New Orleans is 25-33 on the year and are 6-4 in their last 10. The Pelicans are averaging 115.8 PPG while giving up 117 PPG this season. Although that differential is on the positive side of things during the last 10 games (5.5) as they are scoring 121.3 while giving 115.8 per game. Cleveland will certainly have their hands full with a Pelicans team looking to make a run for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.