The Western Conference-leading Phoenix Suns are looking like one of the most dominant teams right now. They have won their last four games, including victories over the LA Clippers and the Utah Jazz. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking towards a rebuild of their roster for next season.
Fixture: Phoenix Suns vs Cleveland Cavaliers | NBA Season 2020-21.
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 4th, 2021; 7:00 PM ET (Thursday, May 5th; 4:30 AM IST).
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Cavaliers Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers have consistently been one of the worst teams in the league ever since LeBron James left them in 2018.
This season, their breakout young stars were Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. The two young guards have impressed a lot, combining for nearly 42 points and ten assists per game; the team is certainly inclined to build around this backcourt.
However, the most recent news is around Kevin Love and his displeasure with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He recently had a game in which he didn't attempt a single field goal or a free throw in 22 minutes and another game where he gave a nonchalant inbound pass which led to a turnover.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' rebuilding mission seems to be heading in the right direction, though. They have young and energetic players like Sexton, Garland, Isaac Okoro and Jarrett Allen and could get a host of assets in return for Love.
They have the sixth-worst record in the league and have a 37.2% chance of getting a top-4 pick in the upcoming draft, including a 9% chance of getting the coveted 1st-overall pick.
Key Player - Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton is averaging career-highs across the board in nearly every single statistical category. He is leading the Cleveland Cavaliers in scoring with 24.4 points per game this season.
He has recorded seven games with 30+ points this season, including one occasion when he dropped a career-high 42 points against the Brooklyn Nets. However, the young 22-year-old guard hasn't figured out his offensive strengths and weaknesses yet, as he is playing in a poor rebuilding team.
Rumors have emerged that his teammates aren't happy with his ball-dominant style of play.
Cleveland Cavaliers Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Collin Sexton | Shooting Guard - Cedi Osman | Small Forward - Isaac Okoro | Power Forward - Kevin Love | Center - Jarrett Allen.
Phoenix Suns Preview
The Phoenix Suns have ended their long playoff drought with a 109-101 win against the LA Clippers. Chris Paul and Devin Booker have led the team to a playoff berth for the first time in 11 years.
However, the Suns have never won an NBA title, but the expectations are high this time. The team is fairly young, and most of the starters don't have playoff experience.
This will be Booker, Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton's first tryst with the playoffs, and the NBA fraternity is eagerly awaiting to see how they would perform. It will be on Chris Paul's shoulders to lead the Phoenix Suns on a deep postseason run.
The Phoenix Suns have overtaken the Utah Jazz for the top spot in the Western Conference. They have a fairly easy schedule in their final eight games and are expected to maintain their 1st seed status.
Their power forward, Jae Crowder, has been injured, though, so Torrey Craig has been starting in place of him in recent games.
Key Player - Devin Booker
The 24-year-old Devin Booker is entering his first-ever playoff series. He is averaging 25.5 points per game on 49/34/86 shooting splits for the Phoenix Suns this season. But he will need to either elevate his numbers or maintain them in the postseason.
Booker recently crossed over DPOY candidate Rudy Gobert and shot a three-pointer over him, which led to a breathtaking highlight.
Pheonix Suns Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Chris Paul | Shooting Guard - Devin Booker | Small Forward - Mikal Bridges | Power Forward - Torrey Craig | Center - Deandre Ayton.
Suns vs Cavaliers Match Prediction
The Phoenix Suns are the overwhelming favorites to win this match against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers are 22nd in defensive rating in the league this season, while the Suns are first in points scored. It's a massive mismatch, and Devin Booker and co. will likely take advantage of the same.
The Phoenix Suns' key to this game would be containing Love and Sexton. Kevin Love exploded for 7-10 threes in his last game, so the Phoenix Suns could have their task cut out on Monday.
Where to watch the Phoenix Suns vs Cleveland Cavaliers game?
The Phoenix Suns vs Cleveland Cavaliers game will be locally televised on Bally Sports Ohio and Bally Sports Arizona (AZ). The match can also be streamed live with an NBA League Pass.