Jarrett Allen #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA Finals Preview 2018: Cavaliers Vs. Warriors Getty Images | Mitchell Leff

The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Quicken Loans Arena in a battle of two teams coming off losses.

However, the host Cavs may be motivated to pull off a win even more, especially since they lost in their last meeting with the Dubs, 101-106, back in November.

The Warriors are coming off an overtime loss to the streaking Boston Celtics, 118-121, in a battle between protagonists of the last NBA Finals.

Stephen Curry led the way for Golden State with 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole chipped in 24 points each.

“Disappointed that we didn't close the game, but I know we can do this,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Better now than in the playoffs.”

The Warriors hold an adjusted offensive rating of 112.8, 21st in the NBA. They are also fourth in the league in most points scored per contest, scoring 117.5 points per game.

Defensively, the Warriors are giving up 117.9 points per game, the 26th least amount of points given up per contest. They also have a defensive rating of 113.7, the 15th lowest in the league right now.

For the Cavaliers, they are coming off a close loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, 114-115. Darius Garland led the losing cause with 24 points, 14 assists and five rebounds. Caris Levert added 23 markers and six assists.

“It was really fun out there,” Garland said. “The crowd was into it. We were into it. Everyone was competing at a high level. We just couldn’t get the result we wanted.”

Cleveland holds an offensive of 114.5, the 12th highest in the league right now. They are scoring 111.6 points per game, the 26th most in the NBA.

On the defensive end, the Cavs are holding down opponents to 107.1 points per game. They also boast of an offensive rating of 109.5, the second lowest in the league.

The Cavs are -7 spread favorites to prevail over the Warriors who are at +7. The Moneyline is -285 for Cleveland and +230 for Golden State.

The Cavs play host to the Warriors on Friday at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse with the game set to start at 7:30 p.m. The game will be telecast over NBA League Pass with live streaming also available via fuboTV.

Darius Garland #10 and Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Garland #10 and Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images | Jason Miller

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