Cavaliers at Jazz
The Cleveland Cavaliers seek their second road winning streak of the season when they conclude their five-game trek against the Utah Jazz on Saturday. Cleveland dropped the first three games of its trip before handing the Portland Trail Blazers their fourth consecutive loss on Wednesday. The setback halted a four-game road skid for the Cavaliers, who haven't won back-to-back contests away from home since defeating Milwaukee and Washington on Dec. 22 and 26, respectively.
Utah returns to the court after a four-day layoff following a 104-97 triumph on Monday over the reigning champion Miami Heat in the opener of a three-game homestand. The victory was the second in a row and fourth in five games for the Jazz, who are 12-4 at EnergySolutions Arena. Utah is one of three teams to have played a league-low 16 contests at home but began a stretch of 10 of 12 in its own building with Monday's victory.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Cleveland), ROOT Sports (Utah)
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (10-31): Cleveland is one of the other two teams to have played only 16 home games. It returns to Quicken Loans Arena, where it is 4-12, on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics. Guard Kyrie Irving scored 31 points on Wednesday, marking the sixth time this season and fourth in the last eight games he has reached the 30-point plateau. Irving also has recorded three or more steals in five straight contests and seven of eight. He is the first player in the league this season to have at least three steals in five consecutive games and first Cavalier to do so since LeBron James accomplished the feat in December 2004.
ABOUT THE JAZZ (21-19): Entering Friday, Utah had players in the top five in several of the league's statistical categories. Guard Randy Foye ranked fifth in 3-point percentage (.434) and tied with Portland's Damian Lillard for fifth in 3-pointers made (89), while center Al Jefferson was fourth with 303 defensive rebounds. The Jazz never can be counted out of a game as they lead the NBA with 10 victories in games in which they trailed by at least 10 points.
1. Utah is 7-5 since G Mo Williams went down with a thumb injury that required surgery.
2. Cleveland has forced at least 22 turnovers in two of the four games on its road trip.
3. The Jazz have averaged 108.2 points while winning the last five games in the series.
PREDICTION: Jazz 103, Cavaliers 95.