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Cavaliers Schedule 2012: Cleveland Starts Packed April With Four Games

The Cleveland Cavaliers have four games this week as they start a packed April.

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With a 17-33 record, it's safe to say that the Cleveland Cavaliers' slim hopes of sneaking into one of the lower playoff spots has ended. Yep, it's time to start discussing tanking for Anthony Davis in the NBA draft to add to the young but talented core that the Cavs have put together featuring Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. With seven straight losses as of the start of this week, it shouldn't be hard for them to put together some losing form if that's what they're going for.

Cleveland has a pretty tight April schedule compared to some teams, with a whopping 16 games still remaining in their season. It should be no surprise that they have four games in the first week of the month.

The toughest game of the four comes right off the bat on Tuesday when the San Antonio Spurs come to town. The Spurs are having a typical Spurs season with a 36-14 record thanks to efficient basketball. Their playoff hopes look good as well with Manu Ginobli back and in full form after missing a big chunk of the season earlier on.

Wednesday starts a three game road trip for the Cavs as they head to Milwaukee to meet the Bucks. The Bucks are another one of those teams that looks right on the cusp of contention, though that huge trade they pulled off at the deadline might help them out in the long run. Former Warrior Monta Ellis has been viewed as a big pick up for Milwaukee, though perhaps unfairly. Either way, they still have playoff hopes as long as they can get to .500.

The weekend puts them against two more teams that are battling Cleveland for those lottery spots with the Toronto Raptors on Friday and New Jersey Nets on Sunday. Both games are on the road.

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