Jan. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard (26) Shannon Brown controls the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard (1) Daniel Gibson in the first half at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers


Feb 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) loses Houston Rockets point guard Goran Dragic (3) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The Phoenix Suns (2-3) are set to host the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) Friday night at the U.S Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. The Suns are the favorite heading into this game by 4.5 point margin according to ESPN.com. The Suns are going for their 2nd straight win after topping the Bobcats on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers on the other hand are coming off a loss to the Golden State Warriors and will try to redeem themselves Friday night in downtown Phoenix. The Cavs are on the 4th game of their road-trip and despite their record they’ve been rather impressive, winning against the Clippers in L.A on Monday night, and were a Brandon Jennings buzzer beating 3-pointer from going into overtime.

Keys to the game: Suns

The Suns must continue their terrific work on the glass. The Suns are 6th in the league this season in rebounds but they’ll have their work cut out for them against this young Cavs team stacked with good big men in particular Anderson Varejao who pulled down 23 rebounds in the Cavs season opener.

November 7, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) drives down the court during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

The Suns would also need contain the Cavs dynamic backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Irving has been on fire this season averaging 24.6 points and shooting 46% from the field and 44% from the 3-point line. Irving’s partner in crime Waiters hasn’t been a slouch neither, the rookie is averaging 15.4 points so far this season and he torched the Clippers two-games ago scoring 28 points and nailing 7 3-pointers.

Keys to the game: Cavaliers

The game plan should be simple for the Cavs, attack the Suns defensively. The Suns are 29th in the league so far this season in points allowed and has allowed nearly 119 points per game on average in their last 3 contests. The Suns defense gave up 110 points to a offensively limited Bobcats team on Wednesday night so it could be a potential field day for Kyrie Irving if the Suns aren’t geared up for this game.

The X-Factor:

The X-Factor in tonight’s match-up is without the bench. Whose bench you ask? Well both. The Cavs has little to no fire power off the bench as their bench is led by C.J Miles and rookie Tyler Zeller, that dynamic duo won’t have any team shaking in their boots. The Suns bench will need to take advantage of that. The Suns bench will need to attack the Cavs weak second unit and make life easier on the Suns starters, however should the Cavs bench step up and play beyond expectations, well…………….

Feb 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives the lane against Houston Rockets point guard Goran Dragic (3) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Match-up of the night:

Ladies and gentlemen, it’ll be once again be the battle of the point guards, Kyrie Irving vs. Goran Dragic. Irving has been something special so far, quietly having a dominating season averaging 24.6 points, 6.2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds on terrific shooting percentages. Dragic has been pretty good himself averaging 14.6 points and 8.6 assist through the first 5 contests. Suns fans are still waiting on Dragic to have one of his dominating games where he drops a good 20 points and dishes out 10 or so dimes. However both point guards are terrific basketball players and it’ll be a fun match-up to watch throughout the game. The last night these 2 guys faced off against one another it was Irving’s Cavs that got the W, let’s hope for different results tonight!

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