Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers: Irving to strike down injured former team
The NBA returns with a real doozy of a matchup: the Boston Celtics versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Expected to be the two dominant forces in the Eastern Conference this season, it’ll be interesting to see who gets off to a better start with a win in the opening game of the new season.
However, the Cavaliers may not be at full strength when they host the Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, on October 17 at 8pm as two of their stars are dealing with injuries. Superstar LeBron James is dealing with an ankle injury, and while he has been in limited practice, his participation on opening night is still in question. Kevin Love is also a question mark, with tightness from a knee injury keeping him out of their last preseason game.
The Cavs will also be without summer acquisition Isaiah Thomas, who is expected to be out until January with a hip injury. Potentially without James and Love, the player who went the other way in that blockbuster Thomas trade, Kyrie Irving, could have an even bigger impact. A star player for the Cavaliers, Boston now has Irving in their jersey, and he knows exactly how to punish the Cleveland defensive system.
Despite the potential injuries of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the ever-improving force that is the Boston Celtics, the visitors are at fairly long odds of +130 to win the game. Sports news will be enveloped with the result of this game, and the pieces are falling into place to pave the way for the Celtics to take an underdog win.
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