The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to play against the Brooklyn Nets this Thursday but it won’t be a regular NBA game.
That’s because the Cavaliers and Nets will face off in Paris, France, marking the third NBA game to be played in the city.
To celebrate, the league shared a video of the Cavaliers arriving at their French hotel on Monday morning.
Some players looked a little jeg-lagged and ready to rest but they also all seemed excited and prepared to play.
— NBA (@NBA) January 8, 2024
This will be an important game for both teams for reasons beyond its location.
The Nets are the ninth team in the Eastern Conference with a 16-21 record and are eager to climb back into playoff contention.
As for the Cavaliers, they are fifth in the East with 21-15 and are hoping to sneak up a few more spots too.
They have won their last five of seven games, even with multiple injuries plaguing the team.
The Cavaliers and Nets started this season together, playing against one another in the opening game when the Cavaliers snuck out a 114-113 win.
They are currently on a three-game winning streak and wish to score their fourth in Paris.
The game will also serve as a warm-up match before the Paris 2024 Olympic basketball finals, which will also be held in the Bercy Arena.
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Following Thursday’s game, the Cavaliers will have a few days to rest before taking on the Chicago Bulls next Monday.
They will then square off against the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks at home after that.