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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 12/7/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
CLEVELAND
 
MINNESOTA
+8.5  

-8.5  
+300

-400

191
 
73
Final
91

CLEVELAND (4 - 15) at MINNESOTA (8 - 9)
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Friday, 12/7/2012 8:05 PM
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811CLEVELAND190190.5
812MINNESOTA-8.5-9
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games4-15-5.29-1010-995.347.441.5%53.7100.849.948.5%48.2
Road Games2-10-2.27-58-497.050.142.4%51.3102.252.949.7%47.3
Last 5 Games1-4-1.21-42-394.442.039.5%59.0100.850.446.9%49.0
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)95.347.435-8541.5%8-2235.3%17-2372.9%541420218153
vs opponents surrendering96.648.436-8244.4%7-1935.5%17-2375.5%511221208155
Team Stats (Road Games)97.050.136-8442.4%8-2334.7%17-2375.0%511419239152
Stats Against (All Games)100.849.938-7848.5%7-1936.6%18-2376.7%481024208158
vs opponents averaging96.848.737-8244.7%7-1835.6%17-2276.2%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)102.252.938-7749.7%7-1939.1%18-2477.1%47923218168

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games8-9+010-79-893.349.342.7%55.593.047.243.5%49.7
Home Games4-3-14-33-493.147.641.1%57.090.044.741.6%53.4
Last 5 Games3-2+1.44-13-297.255.243.8%58.493.448.643.9%49.4
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)93.349.334-8042.7%6-1930.6%19-2771.1%551321198156
vs opponents surrendering97.848.836-8244.5%7-2035.1%18-2475.5%521122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)93.147.633-8141.1%6-1931.5%20-2970.1%571419177148
Stats Against (All Games)93.047.236-8243.5%6-1832.5%15-2075.2%501120237136
vs opponents averaging96.447.737-8344.3%6-1934.6%17-2275.6%511121218145
Stats Against (Home Games)90.044.735-8541.6%4-1726.7%15-1977.8%531217257158
Average power rating of opponents played: CLEVELAND 97.1,  MINNESOTA 94.2
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/30/2012WASHINGTON94-84W-6W191.5U36-7945.6%672032-9035.6%4912
11/2/2012CHICAGO86-115L2.5L183O32-7940.5%441744-6963.8%4817
11/3/2012@ MILWAUKEE102-105L7W197.5O39-8347.0%521541-7951.9%4815
11/5/2012@ LA CLIPPERS108-101W10W200O40-9243.5%571739-7452.7%4025
11/7/2012@ GOLDEN STATE96-106L6L201O36-8641.9%491642-7853.8%5116
11/9/2012@ PHOENIX105-107L3W200.5O37-7748.1%472038-8146.9%4917
11/11/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY91-106L10L202U34-8341.0%441240-7354.8%4821
11/13/2012@ BROOKLYN101-114L5.5L196O38-8743.7%481242-7754.5%4613
11/17/2012DALLAS95-103L-2.5L199U36-9637.5%541138-7451.4%5020
11/18/2012@ PHILADELPHIA79-86L6L190U30-8435.7%521534-8042.5%5211
11/21/2012PHILADELPHIA92-83W4.5W182U35-8640.7%651631-8636.0%517
11/23/2012@ ORLANDO104-108L4.5W185O37-8742.5%551340-8050.0%4618
11/24/2012@ MIAMI108-110L15W197.5O35-7944.3%431036-6952.2%5118
11/26/2012@ MEMPHIS78-84L12W193U31-7640.8%491633-7146.5%4114
11/27/2012PHOENIX78-91L3L200U30-8435.7%611837-7946.8%4815
11/30/2012@ ATLANTA113-111W8.5W189.5O41-8548.2%561838-7848.7%3812
12/1/2012PORTLAND117-118L-1.5L192.5O43-9943.4%631646-9448.9%4914
12/3/2012@ DETROIT79-89L5L191.5U32-9533.7%641136-8442.9%5811
12/5/2012CHICAGO85-95L3L183U31-8536.5%511034-7247.2%5215
12/7/2012@ MINNESOTA              
12/8/2012DETROIT              
12/11/2012LA LAKERS              
12/12/2012@ INDIANA              
12/14/2012MILWAUKEE              
12/15/2012@ NEW YORK              
12/18/2012TORONTO              
12/19/2012@ BOSTON              
12/21/2012INDIANA              
12/22/2012@ MILWAUKEE              

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
11/2/2012SACRAMENTO92-80W-3W195.5U32-8736.8%691132-8936.0%5611
11/4/2012@ TORONTO86-105L3.5L189.5O29-6445.3%492440-9044.4%4711
11/5/2012@ BROOKLYN107-96W7.5W194.5O44-8949.4%541135-7546.7%3913
11/7/2012ORLANDO90-75W-6W193.5U34-7644.7%541928-8035.0%5119
11/9/2012INDIANA96-94W-1.5W183O35-7050.0%441237-8444.0%4413
11/10/2012@ CHICAGO80-87L8.5W184U33-8538.8%501134-8042.5%5514
11/12/2012@ DALLAS90-82W7W191U30-6546.2%551729-8036.2%428
11/14/2012CHARLOTTE87-89L-7L182U31-8138.3%651738-8445.2%5315
11/16/2012GOLDEN STATE98-106L1L185.5O34-7943.0%441243-8550.6%5715
11/21/2012DENVER94-101L2L192O34-8938.2%561535-7944.3%5620
11/23/2012@ PORTLAND95-103L1.5L197.5O32-7841.0%591442-7853.8%4212
11/24/2012@ GOLDEN STATE85-96L3L197.5U33-8638.4%521033-7842.3%5613
11/27/2012@ SACRAMENTO97-89W1W195.5U38-8345.8%561737-8444.0%4413
11/28/2012@ LA CLIPPERS95-101L9W194.5O31-8237.8%641837-8145.7%4210
11/30/2012MILWAUKEE95-85W-1.5W194.5U34-8739.1%671534-9336.6%5711
12/4/2012@ PHILADELPHIA105-88W3W187O41-7753.2%541535-8342.2%4713
12/5/2012@ BOSTON94-104L5.5L193O37-8444.0%511341-7852.6%5716
12/7/2012CLEVELAND              
12/12/2012DENVER              
12/14/2012@ NEW ORLEANS              
12/15/2012DALLAS              
12/17/2012@ ORLANDO              
12/18/2012@ MIAMI              
12/20/2012OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/23/2012@ NEW YORK              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
CLEVELAND: GUARDS: KYRIE IRVING is the real deal, a heady playmaker and near-elite shooter. He should emerge as the NBA's next great point guard this season . . . Rookie DION WAITERS has a chance to step right into the starting lineup. He can get to the rim and generally makes good choices withthe ball. The only thing holding him back is defense after playing college ball in Syracuse's lazy zone . . . C.J. MILES will reportedly start at either the two or three spot, but he really needs to find the range on his shot again for him to stick in the starting lineup . . . Gunning combo guard DANIEL GIBSON is looking like he'll be their sixth man . . . The Cavs are still trying to figure out their second unit. JEREMY PARGO figures to be Irving's backup, but DONALD SLOAN is a better defender and could eventually pass him for this role, which doesn't mean many minutes unless Irving gets injured again. FORWARDS: TRISTAN THOMPSON is trying to add a perimeter shot to his repertoire. Don't count on him becoming David West, but he should improve offensively to go along with his rebounding and shot-blocking . . . ALONZO GEE returns as the starting small forward, excelling on the defensive end, but without a polished enough offensive game to earn 35 minutes per night . . . OMRI CASSPI was in and out of the rotation late in the year as he battled knee issues. It's getting close to make-or-break time for him . . . JON LEUER is a solid stretch four who has a real chance at a rotation spot . . . SAMARDO SAMUELS reportedly dropped some weight in his effort to find some minutes . . . LUKE WALTON is an unofficial member of the coaching staff . . . Undrafted rookie KEVIN JONES could make some noise with his work on the offensive boards . . . LUKE HARANGODY is more of a D-League talent. CENTERS: ANDERSON VAREJAO's wrist should be 100 percent, and Sideshow Anderson should be the same relentless, double-double threat he's always been . . . Rookie TYLER ZELLER is a 7-footer with some nice offensive skills -- he can knock down a jump shot in the half court, and run the floor. He'll struggle to defend in space, but made a living drawing charges at UNC, and should be able to play 20+ minutes as a rookie.
MINNESOTA: GUARDS: RICKY RUBIO could be back by late December, but even he's not confident his knee will be 100 percent. His minutes might have to be scaled back . . . LUKE RIDNOUR will handle the offense with Rubio hampered. The vet is a steady hand in coach Rick Adelman's Euro-style offense . . . They're counting on BRANDON ROY to reclaim his old form after a radical knee procedure. He may never be 100 percent, but he should at least give them sixth-man minutes . . . CHASE BUDINGER is a three-point marksman who moves well off the ball, a perfect fit in Adelman's system . . . J.J. BAREA will take some of the point guard burden as well. He's a top sixth man . . . ALEXEY SHVED can help as a combo guard, though he might have trouble breaking into this rotation . . . MALCOLM LEE is a defensive stopper who won't be asked to shoot very often. FORWARDS: Despite being limited athletically, KEVIN LOVE is an elite rebounder and shooter for a big. He'll continue to be the focal point of this offense once he returns from a broken hand in early December . . . ANDREI KIRILENKO returns to the States after a dominating Euroleague stint. He's a big upgrade at the three and should be comfortable in Adelman's system . . . DERRICK WILLIAMS will continue his attempted transition to the three. As last year proved, he's a long, long ways away. He might have to play himself into a rotation spot . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM is a nice, efficient big to bring off the bench . . . Since they need shooting on the wings, rookie ROBBIE HUMMEL has a chance to crack the rotation. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC is a beast, the best offensive rebounder in the NBA. His total rebounding numbers get hurt playing alongside Kevin Love, but Pekovic will continue to bully his way to put-backs . . . GREG STIEMSMA is going to come in and do some pushing and shoving (and occasional shot-blocking) for 12-to-15 MPG.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Cavaliers-Timberwolves Preview* ================================

By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer

Cleveland (4-15) at Minnesota (8-9), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Mired in a brutal losing stretch, the Cleveland Cavaliers have proven especially bad over their last two games without their top two scorers.

While the Minnesota Timberwolves have had to deal with their fair share of injuries, it was an inability to convert from the free throw line that plagued them their last time out.

Cleveland, loser of three straight and 13 of 15, could be without Dion Waiters again Friday night when it visits Minnesota.

With Kyrie Irving (22.9 points per game) still expected to miss a couple more weeks due to a fractured finger that's sidelined him since mid-November, the Cavaliers (4-15) have found themselves in an even bigger hole with Waiters out. The No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, averaging 15.2 points, has been sidelined since spraining his left ankle during Saturday's 118-117 double-overtime loss to Portland.

After shooting a season-worst 33.7 percent in Monday's 89-79 loss at Detroit, the Cavaliers shot 36.5 percent in a 95-85 defeat to Chicago on Wednesday. Cleveland had a season-low 11 points in the first quarter and entered the second down by 16.

"I'm proud of our guys. They're battling. They're playing as hard as they can right now," coach Byron Scott said. "A lot of things are not going our way, but in that first quarter, we kind of let it get out of hand. We couldn't make a shot and we couldn't get stops, but after that we played pretty solid.

"That's the problem with us. We have to play a near perfect game on both ends of the floor. ... We're just going to keep working. That's the only thing we can do."

Anderson Varejao, averaging 15.0 points and league-best 15.4 rebounds, posted 11 and 15 on Wednesday but shot 4 of 16. Donald Sloan had a season-high 14 points while fellow reserve Tyler Zeller scored 10 to go along with seven boards.

"It's the NBA," Scott added. "We're not the only team going through having some guys who are hurt that you wish were out there. We'll play the guys we have available. We're not going to cry about the guys who aren't here."

Cleveland now tries to bounce back against Minnesota (8-9), which had won three of four before falling 104-94 at Boston on Wednesday. Kevin Love had 19 points and 13 rebounds but made just 6 of 12 free throws for the Timberwolves, who went a season-worst 14 of 30 from the foul line.

"We're gonna make free throws," coach Rick Adelman said. "Kevin Love's not gonna miss these free throws - he's an 80-85 percent free-throw shooter. Sometimes you go throw it, we just have to stay with it and understand that's part of the game you gotta execute."

Shooting 71.1 percent from the free throw line to rank 27th in the league, Minnesota has gone 4-0 when it makes at least 80.0 percent of its attempts and 4-9 when it doesn't.

The Timberwolves, who played their first nine games without Love (broken right hand), are still without Ricky Rubio (torn ACL), Brandon Roy (knee) and Chase Budinger (torn left meniscus). Andrei Kirilenko, meanwhile, could miss his fifth straight game due to back spasms.

Minnesota had posted back-to-back wins in this series before coming up short 98-87 on Jan. 6 despite Love's 29 points and 14 rebounds. He's averaging 24.3 and 17.0 in his last three matchups against Cleveland, going 10 for 15 from 3-point range.


Last Updated: 12/19/2014 11:12:38 AM EST


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