Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 3/30/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arnold Nichols
April 1, 2018

"It'll probably go in my trophy case, but it really means a lot to me and my family", James said.

James finished with 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, adding another stellar performance to his MVP-worthy 15th National Basketball Association season.

James surpassed Jordan's mark midway through the first quarter in fitting fashion, delivering a two-handed dunk that Mirotic and Pelicans forward Solomon Hill didn't dare try to stop.

Swingman Kyle Korver, who had been away from the team for five games due to the sudden death of 27-year-old brother Kirk, is back with the Cavs but sat out the Pelicans game due to right foot soreness. With 5 of their last seven games on their home-court, they will be looking to finish strong and continue setting for the upcoming postseason.

Smith had totaled only six points in his previous two games. He had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and the Pelicans, who were 2.5-point underdogs, defeated the Cavaliers 123-101. The Cavaliers are below average defensively, ranking 26 in scoring defense by allowing 110 points per game.

JR Smith helped shore up Cleveland's No. 3 seed in the East in long range shooting, as he poured in 19 points on an eight for nine performance in the 118-105 rout of the Hornets. "At this point, teams are playing differently anyway".

"It was right on time, especially for me", Smith said, according to ESPN.

Cavs shooting guard Rodney Hood averaged 14.7 points on Cleveland's recent three-game road trip. "I have to play better". They're getting healthier off it, too. Lue last coached on March 17, when he didn't return from the locker room at halftime against Chicago. He had been dealing with numerous cases of insomnia and chest pain.

"We're starting to get full, both from a coach's perspective and a player's perspective, so it's definitely encouraging for sure", James said at shootaround Friday morning.

As coach Lue made his way to the facility prior to Friday night's game, he ran into a jovial Jeff Green, who joked that he forgot what his coach looked like.

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