Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE
Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-22) have dropped five straight games, but will look to end that streak Friday night against the Indiana Pacers. On Saturday they will tip off against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers started their five-game losing streak with losses to the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks back on Dec. 12 and 14, but this weekend they will get a chance to reverse the trend with two matchups against the very same squads. This time around, the Cavaliers will host the Pacers on Friday night (7:30 p.m. ET) before traveling to Milwaukee for another matchup against the Bucks on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET).
Cleveland (0-7 vs. Central Division) is the only team in the Eastern Conference that has yet to win a divisional game, and New Orleans (0-3 vs. Southwest Division) is the only other NBA team winless in its own division. Two of the Cavs' divisional losses have come against the Bucks -- including a heart-breaking defeat Nov. 3 sealed by a Brandon Jennings game-winner -- while only one loss has come at the hands of the Pacers.
At 5-22, it's difficult to think the Cavs could turn things around and compete for a playoff spot, but it's important for a young team to gain confidence against divisional opponents it will face frequently for years to come.
The complete NBA schedule can be found at Sports Illustrated.