The Golden State Warriors will be searching for a sixth-straight win when they visit Cleveland to face the Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Sunday.
Coming off back-to-back game-winning shots against the Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma City Thunder, the Warriors should take plenty of momentum out East as they continue a strong impression to start the season.
The Golden State Warriors will be hoping to extend their incredible recent record against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
This meeting presents as a genuine 50-50 for many, particularly given the Cavaliers have reintroduced starting pair Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen from injury. However, Golden State should hold plenty of confidence based on their own recent form, and their incredible dominance over Cleveland across recent years.
The Warriors have won their past 16 encounters against the Cavaliers dating back to Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Since that championship triumph, Golden State have won a further 11-straight regular season games plus the 4-0 victory in the 2018 NBA Finals.
An undermanned Warriors extended the record in the teams’ last meeting in January, with a 120-114 win in Cleveland proving one of their best wins of the season. Playing without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, Golden State were led by the now departed Jordan Poole (32 points) and Ty Jerome (22 points and eight assists).
Speaking of Jerome, he won’t be afforded the opportunity to face his former team. The one-year Warrior guard is out due to a right ankle sprain, with fellow guard Ricky Rubio also absent and Isaac Okoro questionable with knee soreness.
Golden State again have a relatively clear injury report, although Klay Thompson has popped up as questionable with adductor tightness. The Warriors have recalled rookie pair Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis, having each been assigned to Santa Cruz and unavailable for the win over the Thunder.
Injuries have impacted the Cavaliers start to the season, with a last start loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday succumbing them to a 2-4 start. Cleveland is ranked just 27th in offensive rating, 16th on the defensive end, and 25th in overall net rating.