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Following the victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday evening 114-100 in Los Angeles, the Cleveland Cavaliers managed to keep their solid start to the season going as they climbed to 8-1.
This victory means the team sits 2nd in the Eastern Conference ahead of their clash with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, before heading up-state in California and taking on the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, November 9.
The Cavaliers have had an excellent start to the campaign
Indeed, the win was one which came against former star LeBron James, which will have undoubtedly made it even sweeter for supporters of the Ohio-based franchise given the history they have with the GOAT.
Nonetheless, that will have just been one aspect of the game for John-Blair Bickerstaff’s team, as they would have gone to the Staples Center in order to get the victory; something they duly managed to achieve on the night.
Donovan Mitchell balled as he record 33 points, including five rebounds and two assists on the night, thus giving him an average of 31.4 points per game to start the NBA season, while Darius Garland managed to add a total of 24 points to help the team to a 114-100 victory.
However, there have been many contributions throughout the team, with Caris LeVert, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen, Kevin Love, and Cedi Osman all currently averaging double figures in terms of points ahead of their contest with the Clippers on Monday night.
Naturally, this has led to some excitement around the team, especially as they have been able to climb to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference this season.
The team might be one game behind the Milwaukee Bucks at the time of writing (9-0), however, they are 7-1 in the Conference, while also being unbeaten while playing at home.
Exciting times in Ohio
Indeed, this has perhaps given the fanbase in Ohio something to really cheer about and get behind, as the organization brings some basketball joy to the state.
Indeed, Ohio has managed to experience some happiness in recent years in other sports, with the Cincinnati Bengals reaching the Super Bowl last season.
However, the 2017-18 season was the last time that the Cavaliers have been able to provide any potential successor to the state in terms of competitive basketball.
Fans, though, will remember that was also a year in which a team from Ohio came so close to bringing a trophy home, with the Cavs being beaten in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors 4-0; a team that they will face in the coming days.
Notwithstanding, with the start of the 2022/23 NBA season has been as solid as it has, there may be many that may be thinking that this is the year for the organization, with some perhaps even excited by the potential sports betting opportunities that will be presented to them in the near future.
Indeed, with fans in Ohio passionate about their teams and supporting them vehemently, there will be excited that sports betting in Ohio will be available soon, with a number of reputable options potentially becoming available to utilize.
These sportsbooks once made legal to operate will then provide punters with the opportunity to place bets on the Cavs whenever they take to the court and it would not be a surprise if fans did as a way of showing support for their team.
Naturally, some might wish it was possible to wager on the team now, especially as they are set to face the Sacramento Kings in the coming days.
Sacramento Kings preview
Seeing as the Cavs are currently 8-1 prior to their clash with the Clippers on Monday, there will be an air of confidence regarding the possibility of the franchise enjoying a successful Californian trip, with the Sacramento Kings to follow before it concludes on Friday against the Golden State Warriors.
One reason for that confidence could be due to the fact that the Kings have been struggling this season, thus making for a rather intriguing match.
The Kings are currently 3-5 on the season and are 12th in the Western Conference at the moment, thus naturally providing some with confidence.
Indeed, their current record is only slightly better than the Lakers, and if the Cavs were able to overcome that challenge, then there is no reason they can not do it when the two teams meet on November 9.
But, will the Cavs have everyone that they need?
The Cavaliers look good at the moment to go
Given the fact that Mitchell and Garland both played against the Lakers on Sunday despite having been listed as questionable beforehand will perhaps provide the organization with an added element of confidence, although it is important to note the Clippers game is still to be played.
John-Blair Bickerstaff will be hoping his team can come through the game with the Clippers without any injuries or concerns, as well as the victory, and it would not be a surprise if he and the team were only focused on their opponents rather than looking ahead to the Kings. Indeed, the Kings still have the Warriors to play, too, but this is a game that many in the Cavs’ organization will certainly be keeping a close check on.
Dylan Windler (ankle) and Ricky Rubio (ACL rehab), though, are both players who will likely be listed as out for the contest, thus being deemed unavailable for selection.
With the way that the two teams have begun their 2022/23 NBA seasons, it would not be a complete surprise if we were to see the Cavaliers come out on top in their contest against the Kings on November 9.
Of course, it is wise to keep tabs on the developments that may take place and occur during the game against the Clippers on Monday, but if things go as well as planned and no new injuries are incurred, then it would be hard to look beyond the Ohio-based franchise for this one.
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