Pregame Notes: Cavs set to host 76ers

Cavs are looking for their eighth win

James Rapien
December 16, 2018 - 2:30 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) celebrates his three point shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for their eighth win of the season on Sunday afternoon. They face Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers. 

The team is looking to rebound from Friday's 114-102 loss to Milwaukee. The Cavs face a tall task, literally, in Embiid. He had 40 points on Friday night against Indiana and is averaging 27 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season. 

Shooting guard Jimmy Butler is questionable for the game. He's dealing with a strained groin and will be a game-time decision according to head coach Brett Brown. 

Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew didn't commit to starting Channing Frye for the third-straight game. He told the media that he had to talk it over with his assistants. Drew clearly has Embiid on his mind, who is a tough matchup for any defense.

Philadelphia has lost two-straight games and three of their last five. 

Other Notes:

The Cavaliers beat the 76ers 121-112 on November 23 in Philadelphia. Rodney Hood led the team with 25 points and Kendall Jenner sat courtside.

Collin Sexton struggled in Friday's loss to Milwaukee, but his stellar play of late helped him move up from fifth to second in CBS Sports' Rookie Rankings.

Matthew Dellavedova is averaging 12 points, four assists and three rebounds per game since the Cavaliers traded for him. He's also making 46 percent of his three-point attempts over that span.

David Nwaba is available for Sunday's game. He continues to deal with a sore right knee, but decided to play through it. The Cavaliers will limit Nwaba's minutes.