The Cleveland Cavaliers need a win tonight at Philadelphia to stay a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the NBA.
If they finish with the NBA’s best record, the Cavaliers (63-15) would have home-court advantage against the Lakers (63-16) if they squared off in the NBA Finals. If they end the regular season tied, Los Angeles would have the home-court edge because it owns the tiebreaker.
So Cleveland needs to take care of business tonight and wrap up the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Cavaliers should right?
I mean, they’re 2-0 against Philadelphia this season, are 25-14 on the road and have LeBron James and Mo Williams.
So it’s a wrap, right?
Philadelphia should concern the Cavaliers, particularly when they’re playing the Sixers at their place. The 76ers aren’t 38-1 at home like the Cavaliers are, but at 24-15, they pretty successful at the Wachovia Center.
Secondly, the 76ers are returning home after losing three consecutive road games with Chicago handing them their latest loss last night, 113-99. Being back in their home arena should rejuvenate them to play better tonight.
And finally, Cleveland plays Boston at home Sunday. Sure the Cavs shouldn’t look past Philly, but it’s human for teams to do that against a foe it should beat especially when the next game is against the defending NBA champions.
Still certain Cleveland will win tonight? I’m not.