Cleveland faces Boston, seeks to end 4-game skid
Cleveland Cavaliers (9-39, 15th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (29-18, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Wednesday, 7 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland heads into the matchup with Boston as losers of four straight games.
The Celtics are 20-10 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston averages 13.4 turnovers per game and is 19-12 when they have fewer turnovers than their opponents.
The Cavaliers have gone 4-21 away from home. Cleveland is 3-29 in games decided by at least 10 points. The Celtics won the last meeting between these two squads 128-95 on Nov. 30. Kyrie Irving led Boston to the win with a 29-point game.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jayson Tatum is second on the Celtics with 6.3 rebounds and averages 16.4 points. Irving has averaged 6.3 assists and scored 19.9 points over the last 10 games for Boston.
Matthew Dellavedova ranks first on the Cavaliers with 3.6 assists and scores 8.3 points. Jordan Clarkson has scored 16.3 points and collected 2.6 rebounds while shooting 43.7 percent over the last 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cavaliers: 1-9, averaging 104.3 points, 37.4 rebounds, 19.8 assists, 6.8 steals and three blocks per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 122.1 points on 51.7 percent shooting.
Celtics: 7-3, averaging 112.8 points, 44.8 rebounds, 27 assists, 8.8 steals and 6.2 blocks per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.3 points on 43.0 percent shooting.
Celtics Injuries: Jabari Bird: out (personal), Al Horford: out (rest).
Cavaliers Injuries: John Henson: out (wrist), Tristan Thompson: out (left foot soreness), David Nwaba: out (ankle), Larry Nance Jr.: out (knee), Kevin Love: out (toe).