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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 2/27/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




TORONTO (23 - 34) at CLEVELAND (19 - 38)
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Wednesday, 2/27/2013 7:05 PM
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TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-34-6.830-2628-2997.248.244.1%48.098.548.045.8%52.0
Road Games8-19-2.414-1216-1196.648.544.0%46.8102.050.146.2%53.7
Last 5 Games3-2+1.93-21-490.840.840.9%46.490.444.439.7%56.2
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.248.236-8244.1%7-2135.4%17-2278.1%481122237135
vs opponents surrendering97.649.137-8245.0%7-2035.7%17-2275.3%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)96.648.536-8144.0%8-2135.4%18-2379.6%471021236135
Stats Against (All Games)98.548.036-7945.8%6-1835.3%20-2675.1%521121207145
vs opponents averaging97.548.937-8245.1%7-2035.8%16-2275.3%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)102.050.137-8146.2%7-1936.8%20-2873.5%541223207136

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games19-38-5.429-2732-2597.749.343.4%50.4101.250.347.8%50.3
Home Games10-16-4.111-1513-1398.648.843.8%51.9100.348.646.9%50.0
Last 5 Games3-2+35-04-1104.848.447.6%49.299.450.048.7%44.6
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.749.337-8543.4%7-2035.4%17-2376.2%501320218134
vs opponents surrendering97.74937-8244.9%7-2035.6%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)98.648.837-8543.8%7-2036.1%17-2275.6%521223198144
Stats Against (All Games)101.250.338-7947.8%7-1938.2%18-2474.6%501124208157
vs opponents averaging97.348.937-8244.9%7-1935.7%17-2275.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)100.348.638-8146.9%8-2038.3%17-2374.6%501124208157
Average power rating of opponents played: TORONTO 95.6,  CLEVELAND 95.8
TORONTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/18/2013@ PHILADELPHIA101-108L4.5L190O40-8845.5%511847-9151.6%4811
1/20/2013LA LAKERS108-103W4W201.5O46-8454.8%501538-8843.2%4813
1/23/2013@ MIAMI116-123L10W194.5O44-8850.0%35845-8254.9%6413
1/24/2013@ ORLANDO97-95W4W198.5U39-7850.0%421035-8143.2%5013
1/28/2013GOLDEN STATE102-114L2L201O38-8743.7%421046-8653.5%5413
1/30/2013@ ATLANTA92-93L7W196.5U33-8538.8%591736-7548.0%4517
2/1/2013LA CLIPPERS98-73W4W193U38-8146.9%561225-7234.7%5214
2/8/2013@ INDIANA100-98W7W189.5O42-9643.7%561435-7844.9%5518
2/10/2013NEW ORLEANS102-89W-3.5W192U40-7851.3%451134-6949.3%4117
2/13/2013@ NEW YORK92-88W8W198U31-7342.5%421028-7935.4%6311
2/19/2013@ WASHINGTON96-88W3W190.5U35-7844.9%471630-7838.5%5116
2/22/2013NEW YORK100-98W1.5W193O35-8043.7%44935-7546.7%5116
2/27/2013@ CLEVELAND              
3/2/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
3/4/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              
3/6/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/8/2013@ LA LAKERS              
3/13/2013@ BOSTON              

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/19/2013@ UTAH98-109L8.5L199O34-8341.0%51945-9050.0%538
1/26/2013@ TORONTO99-98W7W201U37-7847.4%461540-8248.8%4515
1/29/2013GOLDEN STATE95-108L-3L199.5O36-8442.9%461145-8453.6%5014
2/1/2013@ DETROIT99-117L4.5L199.5O35-8839.8%481545-8354.2%6611
2/2/2013OKLAHOMA CITY115-110W11W206O43-9047.8%461341-8349.4%5116
2/13/2013SAN ANTONIO95-96L8W206U40-9741.2%601038-8445.2%4813
2/20/2013NEW ORLEANS105-100W-3.5W196.5O38-7749.4%46837-7648.7%4513
2/23/2013@ ORLANDO118-94W-5W200O43-8749.4%551038-7948.1%4315
2/24/2013@ MIAMI105-109L12W206O39-7850.0%401139-7552.0%4511
2/26/2013@ CHICAGO101-98W8.5W185.5O40-8149.4%451039-7850.0%4215
3/1/2013LA CLIPPERS              
3/4/2013NEW YORK              
3/10/2013@ TORONTO              
3/15/2013@ DALLAS              
TORONTO: GUARDS: KYLE LOWRY is healthy again and will be handed the reigns. He could be the Raptors best player on both ends of the floor . . . As of now, JOSE CALDERON is still on the roster, but he's not long for Toronto with Lowry's arrival. He won't start over Lowry, but he could see decent minutes as the Raptors attempt to showcase him . . . With Toronto's influx of new talent, DeMAR DeROZAN could be marginalized on the offensive end. He hasn't really progressed past the dunker/raw athlete stage of his career . . . Rookie TERRENCE ROSS can just about match DeRozan's athleticism, and while he has no handle, he's a potentially deadly three-point threat . . . JOHN LUCAS III will back up both guard spots . . . ALAN ANDERSON returns as a defensive stopper in the second unit. FORWARDS: ANDREA BARGNANI makes his triumphant return and will likely go back to the perimeter. The Raptors have beefed up in the middle so Bargnani can play outside more . . . LANDRY FIELDS plays enough defense to earn minutes, but it seems like his signing was more a result of Toronto playing cap games to try to land Steve Nash. He'll likely platoon with Terrence Ross . . . ED DAVIS made some strides this offseason, but he's still not where the Raptors want him to be on the offensive end . . . LINAS KLEIZA's knee should be in better shape this season. The Raptors want more shooting, and he has a chance to grab a bigger role . . . Toronto will do everything it can to get out from under AMIR JOHNSON's contract . . . DOMINIC McGUIRE figures to occupy the final seat on the Raptors bench. CENTERS: JONAS VALANCIUNAS would have been the No. 2 pick of the draft had he come out a year later. He's a wiry, strong athlete who's physical down low with soft touch out to 10 feet. Toronto sees him as a franchise cornerstone who meshes nicely with Bargnani . . . AARON GRAY should provide ample competition for the starting center job.
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.
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Toronto (23-34) at Cleveland (18-38), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Cleveland Cavaliers didn't have Kyrie Irving in their latest game, but managed to pull out of a road win against a team they've struggled to beat.

They certainly wouldn't have gotten out of Toronto with a victory last month without him.

Irving likely won't be around to hit another game-winner Wednesday night when the Cavaliers open a five-game homestand against the Raptors, who can finish February a perfect 4-0 on the road if they can win a fifth straight in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers (19-38) found out early Tuesday that Irving would miss that night's game in Chicago with a hyperextended knee he injured in practice last week. The All-Star struggled with it in games at Orlando and Miami over the weekend, so Cleveland decided to give him a rest against the Bulls.

The other half of the Cavaliers' young starting backcourt stepped up with Irving out. Rookie Dion Waiters followed up his 26-point performance against the Heat with 25 in Chicago as Cleveland snapped an 11-game series losing streak with a 101-98 win.

"I think Kyrie is one of those guys who is so good a lot of times you just rely on him," forward Luke Walton said. "Without him we knew we were all going to have to play a lot harder and a lot more focused.

"We've been playing very solid basketball. ... We are growing and we are definitely a much better team."

Irving is listed as day-to-day, but it seems unlikely the Cavaliers will risk rushing the reigning rookie of the year back if he's not 100 percent.

Toronto (23-34) would certainly prefer if Irving took another night off. He had 12 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter - including the decisive 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left - to lift Cleveland to a 99-98 win at Air Canada Centre on Jan. 26.

The Raptors, who lost 90-84 to Washington at home on Monday, likely also won't mind playing five of their next six on the road. They've yet to lose away from home since acquiring Rudy Gay, beating Indiana, New York and the Wizards.

Toronto won just five of its first 24 road games.

"We kinda have to get back to the basics," said Gay, who had seven points and shot 1 of 11 Monday. "... This, right here, is a big stretch for us. It could make or break us."

Even if Irving gets back on the floor, Toronto should feel confident in its chances. It hasn't lost in Cleveland since LeBron James left, shooting at least 50.0 percent in all four meetings while averaging 108.3 points.

Jose Calderon, now in Detroit as part of the deal that brought Gay to Toronto, was its star in three of those, averaging 19.3 points and 11.3 assists. Current Raptors starter Kyle Lowry hasn't had nearly as much success against Cleveland, averaging 4.2 points and shooting a dreadful 21.1 percent in his last six games versus the Cavaliers.

Toronto shot under 37 percent in both losses on its recent three-game homestand, and poor shooting has virtually guaranteed Dwane Casey's club isn't going to walk away a winner. The Raptors are 1-12 when they've failed to hit at least 40 percent from the field.

"We can't afford to come out and not play in a desperate mode, a hungry mode, whatever you want to call it," Casey said. "If we don't play that way, we're not giving ourselves a chance."

The Cavaliers are 3-14 on the second end of back-to-backs.

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