MILWAUKEE — The Cleveland Cavaliers (13-2) will look to extend their winning streak to five, playing their second consecutive road game Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks (7-8). Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
What’s up with the Cavs: The Cavs shook off a chilly shooting start Sunday, missing their first 14 shots and digging an early 14-point hole against the Philadelphia 76ers before outscoring them in the fourth quarter, 35-27, to nab their Eastern Conference-leading 13th win of the year.
During the Cavs’ fast start to their title defense campaign, records continue to fall and individual accolades keep piling up. Kevin Love capped his best stretch with Cleveland, scoring 25 points to go with 11 rebounds in 28 minutes against the Sixers. One day later, Love was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
The Cavs have won five of their last six against Milwaukee, including three of four away from Quicken Loans Arena.
Cavs injuries: Channing Frye (bereavement) is expected to be out. Iman Shumpert (strained left hamstring) is questionable. Shumpert missed Sunday’s 112-108 win in Philadelphia.
What’s up with the Bucks: They feature a familiar face in Matthew Dellavedova, who signed with Milwaukee this off-season following three seasons with the Wine and Gold. A full-time starter now, Dellavedova is averaging a career-best 7.9 points to go with 6.3 assists.
Giannis Antetokounmpo looks primed to make his first All-Star appearance. The 21-year-old wunderkind is averaging career highs in points (22.0), field goal percentage (51.4 percent), rebounds (8.3), assists (6.0), blocks (2.1) and steals (1.9). Jabari Parker is coming off his first game scoring in single digits this year, as he tallied nine points on 3-of-8 from the field during Sunday’s 104-96 win against the Orlando Magic.
Bucks injuries: Khris Middleton (left hamstring) is out until late in the season following surgery.
F LeBron James (23.6 ppg; 8.4 rpg; 9.7 apg)
F Kevin Love (22.3 ppg; 10.7 rpg; 1.6 apg)
C Tristan Thompson (6.6 ppg; 10.2 rpg; 0.9 apg)
G J.R. Smith (8.7 ppg; 2.5 rpg; 1.3 apg)
G Kyrie Irving (24.8 ppg; 3.1 rpg; 4.6 apg)
F Jabari Parker (18.6 ppg; 6.1 rpg; 2.3 apg)
F Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.0 ppg; 8.3 rpg; 6.0 apg)
C John Henson (5.8 ppg; 5.4 rpg; 1.0 apg)
G Tony Snell (8.9 ppg; 4.2 rpg; 1.1 apg)
G Matthew Dellavedova (7.9 ppg; 2.9 rpg; 6.3 apg)