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    Established:1970
    Stadium:Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Arena 
    Colours:Wine, navy blue, gold & black
    Hall of Famers:Walt Frazier, Shaquille O’Neal, Nate Thurmond & Lenny Wilkens
    Hall of Fame Coaches:Chuck Daly, Bill Fitch & Lenny Wilkens
    Rivals:Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons & Miami Heat
    Legends:LeBron James, Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance Sr, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, World B. Free, John “Hot Rod” Williams, Austin Carr, Ron Harper, Tyrone Hill & Kyrie Irving
    Retired Numbers:7, 11, 22, 25, 34, 42 & 43
    Conference: Eastern Conference
    Division:Central Division
    NBA Championships:1: 2016

    Cleveland Cavaliers History

    The Cleveland Cavaliers began their journey in 1970 coming into the NBA as an expansion side along with Portland Trail Blazers and the then Buffalo Braves (now Los Angeles Clippers). 

    Like many teams starting out, the Cavaliers took a while to find their feet, in fact, it took them six years before they had that winning feeling claiming a maiden playoff appearance in 1976 as well as winning the central division title. 

    As far as the 70s was concerned, that was the only joy they had and the next decade didn’t bring much joy either as the 80s saw another dark period for the franchise. It began from the top with owner Ted Stepien who took over the Cavaliers from 1980-83, and during his tenure, the Cavaliers suffered a 24 game losing streak which spanned across the 1981-82 to 1982-83 seasons. 

    Under Stepein’s ownership, he threw away potential draft picks via trade for older players, the side had a 66-180 win-loss record and the team had a total of six coaches from 1980-83, which included having four coaches in the 1981-82 seasons. To top it all off, the team was bottom in attendance and lost $15 million. 

    After the disastrous era in the early 80s, the Cavaliers returned to brighter days with their best season coming in 1988-89 as they finished the season with a 57-25 record headlined by franchise legends Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, Ron Harper and Larry Nance Sr. 

    The Cavaliers would end up making the playoffs nine times between the 1987-88 and 1997-98 seasons, with their best performance being in the 1991-92 season where they lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals. 

    The 1998-99 season was the first of five losing seasons for the Cavaliers, with the worst being in 2002-03, only 17 games and finishing last in the Eastern Conference and tied for the worst record in the NBA. 

    This may well have been worth it in the eyes of Cleveland fans as the Cavaliers received the pick No. 1 in the 2003 NBA Draft, choosing future three-time NBA Champion (one with the Cavaliers), three-time NBA Finals MVP and four-time Most Valuable Player, LeBron James. 

    He hit the ground running as he earned himself Rookie of the Year in 2004, averaging 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. The 2005-06 was a breakout year for LeBron James, winning the 2016 All Star Game MVP and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to his first playoff appearance. 

    James starred in the first round going up against Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards, highlighted by a 45 point performance in a 121-120 overtime victory to put the Cavaliers up 3-2 in the series. They would go on to win the series in the next game, but fall to the Detroit Pistons in seven games the following round. The following season saw the Cavaliers make it to the NBA Finals for the first time, being swept by the experienced San Antonio Spurs. 

    The Cavaliers would make the playoffs the following three seasons, with James winning MVP in 2009 and 2010, but the Cavaliers were unable to create a roster with enough support to get LeBron back to The Finals over this time. This failure from the front office and LeBron’s drive to win a championship saw him leave the team for the Miami Heat. 

    Cleveland went from first to last in the Eastern Conference after James’ departure, however Cavaliers would receive the 1st pick in the draft three out of the following four seasons. In this time they drafted Kyrie Irving in 2011 and just like James, Irving hit the ground running and claimed the 2012 Rookie of the Year award, as well as being an All-Star in the  2013-15 seasons as well as being crowned the NBA All-Star MVP in 2014. 

    The 2014 offseason saw LeBron James return home to the Cavaliers, with the franchise trading some of their young stars for Kevin Love to form a big three with Kyrie Irving. LeBron’s return instantly made Cleveland title favourites and they made the NBA Finals in the big three’s first year together, however injuries to Love and Irving left the Cavaliers short handed against the up and coming Golden State Warriors, who would win the series 4-2. 

    The Cavaliers returned to The Finals in the 2015-16 season to face the Warriors again. After four games, Cleveland faced a 3-1 deficit, one that had never been overcome in NBA history. Game 5 saw LeBron and Kyrie score 41 points each in a Cavaliers victory, with LeBron scoring 41 points again in Game 6 to force a winner takes all game 7. 

    LeBron James would have a triple double as well as a career and franchise defining block on an Andre Igoudala layup in the dying minutes of the decider, leading to an Irving three to put the Cavaliers up for good, winning the franchise’s first NBA Championship, with James being named Finals MVP. The Cavaliers faced the Warriors the following two Finals series, but Golden State had added superstar Kevin Durant, making them too difficult to match up with. 

    LeBron James, after fulfilling his promise to bring a Championship to the Cavaliers, left in the 2018 off season for the Los Angeles Lakers. After Irving had requested a trade the year earlier, only Kevin Love remained, and much like the first time James left Cleveland, the team went to the bottom of the standings, finishing 14th and 15th in the East the last two years. 

    Cleveland is now building around a young core of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, the Cavaliers first round picks in 2018 and 2019 respectively. 

    It will take a while for the young duo to be able to make a difference in the league, but surrounding them with Larry Nance Jr, Jarrett Allen (mid-season trade) and Isaac Okoro (2020 Draft) gives Cleveland a bright, young core.

    2021-22 was a tremendous leap forward for this young Cavs squad but unfortunately for them, injuries caught up to them and hampered them down the stretch. They made the playoffs but were knocked out in the play-in round by the Brooklyn Nets, and had a second chance to make the playoffs, but they also lost to the Atlanta Hawks.

    Expert 2022-23 Picks & Preview on Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our experts will provide an analysis on the Cavaliers’ chances closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2021-22 season started:

    After a 22-50 finish, the Cavaliers have actually improved from the season prior. However, they don’t want their rebuild to continue at a snail’s pace and will be looking to make a big jump soon. The roster is very young and has shown good promise but the team still has several holes in its roster and lack of superstar talent that they’ve been missing since LeBron left. 

    The front office seems sold on the idea of allowing their young talent to develop and carry the franchise rather than bringing in expensive free agents to accelerate their rebuild. Will the cultivation of young talent be enough to allow this team to make the next step up? 

    Front Office

    The front office has been constantly turning over with 4 head coaches since 2018. The Cavaliers’ current coach, J.B. Bickerstaff just finished his first full year as head coach leading the team to 22 wins. The season prior, Bickerstaff led the Cavs to a 5-6 record after John Beilein resigned during the season. Bickerstaff now enters his 2nd full year as the full time head coach and will be looking to push this Cavs team further along. 

    Bickerstaff will have a lot to prove as he has only led a team to a winning record which was when he was the interim head coach of a Houston Rockets team that featured James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Patrick Beverley, Dwight Howard and Clint Cappella to name a few. Bickerstaff is known for his pace and space style of offense which is actually a good fit for a Cavs offense that is extremely inconsistent. Defensively the Cavs will likely be bad as Bickerstaff doesn’t have a great reputation when it comes to defense. However, Bickerstaff does bring hope to the offense which should win some games and sell some tickets.

    To help Bickerstaff try to build a contender the Cavs haven’t done too much. The Cavs notable additions include Ricky Rubio, Lauri Markkanen and 3rd overall pick Evan Mobley. Rubio was an interesting acquisition as the Cavs have Darius Garland and Collin Sexton as the day 1 starters. Rubio’s experience and leadership will definitely help fill the void of the departure of longtime Cavs leader Matthew Dellavedova. 

    The Cavs are also taking a flyer on Lauri Markkanen who has been very disappointing with the Bulls in the last couple of seasons after a strong rookie season. The hope for the Cavs is that Lauri can get a fresh start in Cleveland and learn from Kevin Love who has a similar skillset to Lauri. The biggest addition is definitely first rounder Evan Mobley. Based on his solid preseason play, Mobley will be the day one starter at power forward. 

    The 7 footer displayed great defense averaging 2 blocks a game in the preseason, as well as strong rebounding averaging 8.5 rebounds per game. Mobley will be a good fit next to Jarrett Allen who is also a great interior defender. The combination of these 2 should give the Cavs one of the most underrated interior defense in the league.

    Key Players

    The Cavs key player and lone bright spot at times throughout the last few seasons is Collin Sexton. Sexton will be on the final year of his deal this year meaning he will have to bring his A game. To get a big contract extension, Sexton will be looking to become an All-Star this season. Despite Collin Sexton’s red-hot scoring ability as highlighted by his 24.3 points per game last season, Sexton status as a player capable of elevating to All-Star level play is questionable. 

    Sexton did shoot 37.1% from 3 last year and was the leader of the Cavs offense, but he was the leader of the league’s worst offense. The Cavs were dead last in the league in points per game and 6th in turnovers in part due to Sexton’s erratic, fast paced play. Sexton needs to become more efficient and elevate this coming season to help both the anaemic Cavs offense as well as his chances for a big contract extension.

    The second most important player on this Cavs roster is Sexton’s backcourt running mate Darius Garland. Although Sexton needs the ball in his hands, Garland should be the primary ball handler this season as he has shown much better decision making. He should make big strides this season behind the tutelage of Ricky Rubio. Last season Garland showed flashes including a 21 point, 6 assist game against the Bucks. 

    This season as the Cavs try to improve their anaemic offense, they will need Garland to step up and improve in multiple facets of his game. The first area will be his shooting where he shot just 35.5% from 3. Garland will need to increase his 3 point attempts and efficiency on 3s to help jump start the Cavs offense. 

    Garland will also need to be more careful with the ball as he averages 2.6 turnovers per game. With Sexton already averaging 2.8 turnovers a game with his erratic playing style, Garland cannot afford to be as careless as he was at times last season. If Garland is unable to make the leap this season, the Cavs may be back at step 1 and this team will have no chance of making the play-in tournament.

    Breakout Player

    The breakout player this year for the Cavaliers will be Isaac Okoro. Okoro showed great promise in his rookie season playing big minutes, which led him to ranking in the top 10 rookies for points, assists and steals per game. The biggest issue for Okoro for his breakout season will be the fact he is being put in the 3 position which doesn’t suit his 6’5 build. Okoro has still been playing decent defense despite often guarding larger players, but he is playing out of position. 

    Okoro is more suited to play the 2 guard and his opportunity may pop up if Garland fails to deliver. Okoro seems to be locked in as a starter and should earn good minutes in his second year. If Okoro can get the ball in his hands more throughout the season he will be primed for a breakout. During a 9 game stretch in May where Okoro was given more offensive opportunity, he thrived averaging 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3 assists. Okoro was seriously bad last season as a whole on offense but if Okoro can shoot better this season and get the ball in his hands, he may be ready to make a major leap.

    Cleveland Cavaliers Betting & Odds Preview 2022-23

    The 2022-23 season is over and we take a look back at the Cleveland Cavaliers betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2022-23 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Cavaliers before the start of the previous season:

    After finishing the 2020 season with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second worst overall, the Cavaliers 2020-21 NBA Championship odds opened at +25000.

    In mid-November, right before the draft, their odds had improved to +20000.

    Ultimately, it was another year of disappointment and hopefully not many people wasted money on betting on them in futures markets.

    The Cavaliers finished with the worst against spread record in the league, 26-46, being 16-20 at home and a miserable 10-26 on the road.

    A big reason behind that poor road ATS record, and also a terrible road O/U record was the inability of the young core to perform consistently when travelling.

    Cleveland was just 14-21-1 O/U on the road and 19-16-1 O/U at home for an overall O/U record of just 33-37-2, eight worst in the league.

    Cleveland Cavaliers FAQs

    Still got some burning questions about the Cleveland Cavaliers? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    Where do the Cleveland Cavaliers play?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers play their home games at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Arena.  

    Who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers?

    Dan Gilbert owns the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

    Has the Cleveland Cavaliers won an NBA Championship?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have won one NBA championship, in 2016. 

    Who is the Cleveland Cavaliers coach?

    J.B. Bickerstaff is the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bickerstaff was elevated from Assistant to Head Coach during the 2019-20 season. 

    Do the Cleveland Cavaliers play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Cleveland Cavaliers record?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers had a 44-38 win-loss record during the 2021-22 NBA season. 

    Did the Cleveland Cavaliers win last night?

    Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much are the Cleveland Cavaliers  worth?

    According to Forbes magazine, the Cleveland Cavaliers are worth $1.65 billion.

    Who do the Cleveland Cavaliers play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NBA, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Cleveland Cavaliers play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers?

    There are many places you can watch the Cavaliers play; NBA TV, Fox Sports Ohio, ESPN, TNT, NBA League pass, ABC. 

    Will the Cleveland Cavaliers make the playoffs this year?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers did make the playoffs last season as they finished with a 44-38 win-loss record and finished 8th in the Eastern Conference.

    When do the Cleveland Cavaliers play?

    Cleveland Cavaliers fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips we list all the information you need like the tip off time, location of the game and the all important NBA odds.

    When is the next Cleveland Cavaliers game? 

    For more details on the next Cleveland Cavaliers game, check above on the page, we include all the details there.

    Where did the Cleveland Cavaliers finish the season?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers finished 8th in the Eastern Conference.

    How many games did the Cleveland Cavaliers win?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers won 44 games during the 2021-22 NBA season. 

    What are the NBA expert picks for the Cleveland Cavaliers?

    The NBA expert picks for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2022-23 season is yet to be determined, but make sure you check our page regularly as we crunch all the numbers and stats to get awesome expert NBA picks for our readers.