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NBA : ATS Matchup
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LA CLIPPERS (41 - 18) at CLEVELAND (20 - 38)
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Friday, 3/1/2013 7:35 PM
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LA CLIPPERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games41-18+133-2631-27100.551.247.4%50.793.947.643.8%48.7
Road Games18-12+315-1515-1597.849.046.3%51.494.747.844.2%48.9
Last 5 Games4-1+13-23-2106.856.249.7%48.498.250.646.8%45.0
LA CLIPPERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)100.551.238-8147.4%7-2036.1%17-2470.3%5112232110146
vs opponents surrendering98.649.537-8345.2%7-2035.8%17-2275.2%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)97.849.037-8046.3%7-1934.5%17-2568.9%5112212010145
Stats Against (All Games)93.947.634-7843.8%7-2037.0%18-2475.1%491122218164
vs opponents averaging98.349.437-8245.2%7-2035.8%17-2275.8%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)94.747.834-7844.2%8-2039.8%18-2474.5%491121228154

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games20-38-3.730-2732-2697.849.443.3%50.4101.050.247.7%50.3
Home Games11-16-2.412-1513-1498.749.143.8%51.9100.048.646.8%49.9
Last 5 Games4-1+5.75-04-1106.449.047.9%47.498.650.448.7%44.4
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.849.437-8543.3%7-2035.4%17-2376.7%501321218134
vs opponents surrendering97.749.137-8244.9%7-2035.6%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)98.749.137-8543.8%7-1936.1%17-2376.6%521223198134
Stats Against (All Games)101.050.238-7947.7%7-1937.7%18-2474.7%501124207157
vs opponents averaging97.448.937-8244.9%7-1935.7%17-2275.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)100.048.638-8146.8%7-2037.2%17-2374.8%501124207157
Average power rating of opponents played: LA CLIPPERS 95.7,  CLEVELAND 95.7
LA CLIPPERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/21/2013@ GOLDEN STATE99-106L-4.5L197.5O38-8345.8%481439-7552.0%4517
1/22/2013OKLAHOMA CITY97-109L2.5L201O39-8446.4%481041-7852.6%4216
1/24/2013@ PHOENIX88-93L-6.5L190.5U33-8339.8%531530-7142.3%5714
1/26/2013@ PORTLAND100-101L0L190.5O40-8149.4%471535-7546.7%3914
1/30/2013@ MINNESOTA96-90W-4.5W189U35-7745.5%591533-7544.0%4613
2/1/2013@ TORONTO73-98L-4L193U25-7234.7%521438-8146.9%5612
2/3/2013@ BOSTON104-106L-1.5L182.5O40-7950.6%482036-7250.0%3717
2/4/2013@ WASHINGTON90-98L-3L187.5O37-7946.8%512037-8444.0%5112
2/6/2013@ ORLANDO86-76W-5W184U33-8240.2%601430-8734.5%5818
2/8/2013@ MIAMI89-111L3.5L193O34-7744.2%441836-6852.9%4413
2/10/2013@ NEW YORK102-88W3.5W192U41-8051.2%511433-7444.6%3816
2/11/2013@ PHILADELPHIA107-90W-5W185O44-7558.7%501335-8441.7%4613
2/14/2013@ LA LAKERS125-101W-4W201O46-8951.7%501438-7550.7%4316
2/21/2013SAN ANTONIO90-116L-4.5L201O32-7642.1%391843-7358.9%4517
2/28/2013@ INDIANA99-91W1W192.5U39-8048.7%431132-7542.7%5220
3/1/2013@ CLEVELAND              
3/3/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/7/2013@ DENVER              
3/17/2013NEW YORK              

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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              
3/16/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
LA CLIPPERS: GUARDS: CHRIS PAUL was every bit an MVP-caliber player in his first year in L.A. They should monitor his minutes late in the regular season to keep him fresh for the playoffs. . . His Achilles is on schedule to be healed by December, and CHAUNCEY BILLUPS will start once he's healthy. He's likely to lose athleticism, and his leash could be short if he shoots as poorly as he did last year . . . JAMAL CRAWFORD steps in to lead the second unit. We'll see how quickly his inefficient, shoot-first ways grow stale . . . ERIC BLEDSOE was a stud in the playoffs. He can't play extended minutes alongside Paul, but coach Vinny Del Negro knows he has to get Bledsoe on the floor . . . WILLIE GREEN provides capable depth, but he's on the outside looking in at the rotation. FORWARDS: BLAKE GRIFFIN's knee injury likely isn't serious enough to linger into the season. He's starting to develop some post moves to go along with his dunks . . . CARON BUTLER played hurt for most of last year, but still did enough to nail down a starting job for this season . . . LAMAR ODOM moped his way back to L.A. Don't be surprised if he has a strong bounce-back year, especially considering he'll be the Clippers' best defensive big . . . GRANT HILL could see some starts, but more likely the 40-year-old is pegged for limited minutes . . . MATT BARNES will replace Hill once he injures himself again . . . RONNY TURIAF will provide some of the toughness they lost when Reggie Evans left . . . TREY THOMPKINS will continue to languish on the bench, especially after sitting out the preseason with a knee injury. CENTERS: He can block shots and rebound, but at this point DeANDRE JORDAN is just too much of a defensive liability in space to play 30-plus minutes. That's why the Clippers will often pair Lamar Odom with Blake Griffin in the frontcourt . . . RYAN HOLLINS can also defend the basket and has six fouls to give.
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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*Clippers-Cavaliers Preview* ============================


Los Angeles (41-18) at Cleveland (20-38), 7:30 p.m. EDT

The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the top road teams in the NBA.

Whether that will help the Pacific Division leaders win their first game in Cleveland in more than a decade remains to be seen.

Los Angeles will try to end a 10-game road losing streak in this series on Friday night when the improving Cavs could be without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving for a third consecutive game.

With Thursday's 99-91 victory over Central Division-leading Indiana, which was 24-5 at home, the Clippers (42-18) improved to 19-12 on the road.

Los Angeles is on the verge of winning 20 away from home for the first time since going 20-21 seven seasons ago, but the team is well aware of its struggles against Cleveland (20-38), winner of 13 of 15 in this series following a 108-101 victory at Staples Center on Nov. 5.

"It's going to be a tough game in Cleveland," said point guard Chris Paul, who scored the team's final eight points on Thursday to finish with 29 in the Clippers' fourth straight road win. "They did (beat us earlier this year) and they beat us last year (99-92 on Feb. 8) in Cleveland."

Before kicking off a stretch of seven of nine at home on Sunday versus Oklahoma City, the Clippers - winners of seven of eight - will try to record their first victory at Cleveland since March. 10, 2002.

Slowing down Dion Waiters, who hit a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored a team-best 28 points on Nov. 5, could help Los Angeles get the job done.

Waiters, the league's second-highest rookie scorer with 14.8 points per game, has totaled 48 with Irving out the last two games - wins over Chicago and Toronto. Waiters is averaging 20.3 points over the last six contests, with the Cavs' only losses during this stretch coming against the NBA's top two teams, San Antonio and Miami, and by a total of five points.

"He understands what he has to do when Kyrie is not there, because we asked him to do a little bit more with the ball," coach Byron Scott said.

The Cavaliers' bench has also been a big help, outscoring opponents' reserves by an average of 19.0 points over the last four games. That production helped Cleveland finish 7-5 in February - its first winning month since March 2010 when LeBron James was still with the team.

"I think we've got a taste of (winnings) now and understand how hard it is and how much work goes into it," forward Luke Walton said.

The Cavs will need that same effort down low against Blake Griffin, who is averaging 26.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in four games versus Cleveland after scoring 20 with six boards on Nov. 5.

Griffin, though, has been hampered by a bursa sac problem in his right elbow, and he needed it checked by trainers on Thursday after crashing to the floor.

Even if that slows the All-Star forward, the Cavs have to find a way to contain Paul. The All-Star Game MVP is shooting 65.0 percent from the field and averaging 24.8 points with 9.8 assists during the Clippers' four-game road winning streak over East foes.

"Best point guard in the universe right now," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who scored 23 points on Thursday after missing Tuesday's win over Charlotte due to the birth of his daughter, is the league's best bench scorer with 16.8 per game. He hit four 3-pointers and scored 19 points in the first matchup with Cleveland this season.

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