‣ Jarrett Allen is out for the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ season opener due to an ankle bone bruise.
‣ Darius Garland is questionable and Dean Wade is doubtful for the game as well.
‣ The Nets have three players listed on the injury report, with Dennis Smith Jr. and Cameron Johnson probable and Dariq Whitehead out.
#Cavs Jarrett Allen (ankle bone bruise) is officially listed OUT for tomorrow’s opener in Brooklyn. Don’t be surprised if Allen misses the two home games this weekend as well. Darius Garland (left hamstring strain) is QUESTIONABLE. Dean Wade (illness) is DOUBTFUL.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor)
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Jarrett Allen in their season opener against the Brooklyn Nets due to an ankle bone bruise. Allen has been dealing with the injury for the past few weeks and has missed all four preseason games and training camp as a result. It is even possible that Allen may miss the two home games following the opener. Guard Darius Garland is also questionable for the game with a left hamstring strain, while forward Dean Wade is doubtful due to illness.
On the Nets’ side, guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Cameron Johnson, as well as forward Dariq Whitehead, are listed on the injury report. Smith Jr. and Johnson are listed as probable, but Whitehead has been downgraded to out.
The Cavaliers enter their season opener as 1.5-point favorites. They have had mixed success against the Nets in the past, going 3-6 in their last nine meetings and 2-5 in their past seven road games against Brooklyn. However, Cleveland has covered the spread in their last five October matchups.
The Nets have struggled against the spread in their past five games and have seen the point total go under in seven of their last 10 contests. They also have a poor ATS record against Central Division opponents, going 7-13 in their previous 20 matchups.
In their most recent regular season matchup last season, the Cavaliers came out on top with a 116-114 victory. Donovan Mitchell led Cleveland in scoring with 31 points.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Nets have a slight edge with a 50.7% chance of winning their season opener. The game will be televised on YES Network and BSOH at 7:30 p.m. ET.