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Garland and the Cavaliers visit conference foe Brooklyn

April 7, 2022 GMT

Cleveland Cavaliers (43-37, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (42-38, eighth in the Eastern Conference)

New York; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Patty Mills and the Brooklyn Nets host Darius Garland and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Eastern Conference play.

The Nets are 29-21 against Eastern Conference opponents. Brooklyn averages 13.2 turnovers per game and is 19-13 when it wins the turnover battle.

The Cavaliers are 26-24 in conference play. Cleveland has a 10-4 record in games decided by 3 points or fewer.

The teams square off for the fourth time this season. The Cavaliers won 114-107 in the last meeting on Jan. 17. Garland led the Cavaliers with 22 points, and Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 27 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mills averages 2.8 made 3-pointers per game for the Nets, scoring 11.5 points while shooting 40.0% from beyond the arc. Kevin Durant is averaging 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.

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Garland is averaging 21.7 points and 8.7 assists for the Cavaliers. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.2 points over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nets: 6-4, averaging 117.4 points, 45.0 rebounds, 25.1 assists, 8.1 steals and 6.6 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.3 points per game.

Cavaliers: 3-7, averaging 109.9 points, 42.2 rebounds, 24.2 assists, 6.7 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.0 points.

INJURIES: Nets: Ben Simmons: out (back), James Johnson: out (illness), Goran Dragic: out (health and safety protocols), Joe Harris: out for season (ankle).

Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen: out (finger), Collin Sexton: out for season (knee), Dean Wade: out for season (knee), Evan Mobley: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.