With the Cleveland Cavaliers keeping pace with the top half of the Eastern Conference this season, the team is now headed on a west coast trip to Portland to take on the Trailblazers on Thursday night. The Cavaliers’ organization has gotten a jolt from the addition of All-Star Donovan Mitchell this season, with Mitchell leading Cleveland to a 26-16 record, good for fifth place in the East. The Cavs trail Boston by just under four games in the standings but are only 8-11 on the road this season and 5-5 in their last 10 games. Portland, on the other hand, has lost four straight games and is on the outside looking in its conference with a 19-21 record. These two teams met in late November with the Cavs earning a 114-96 victory over Portland in Cleveland.
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Although the Cavs are having a great season, Cleveland has lost two of its last three games after falling to the Jazz by a final score of 116-114 in Mitchell’s return to Utah on Tuesday night. Mitchell scored 46 points in his first game back to Salt Lake City, but Jordan Clarkson rallied the Jazz with 32 points to lead a 13-0 run down the stretch.
As for the Blazers, Portland dropped its fourth straight game in a 109-106 loss to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. Portland made things interesting thanks to Damian Lillard’s 30 points, pulling within one in the closing seconds. However, Orlando held on for the win.
The Cavs look to get rolling again when they visit the Trail Blazers in Portland on Thursday night.
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