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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/30/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




BROOKLYN (52 - 37) at CLEVELAND (24 - 58)
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Wednesday, 10/30/2013 7:05 PM
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BROOKLYN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games52-37+8.343-4447-4297.150.344.9%51.495.348.046.4%47.8
Road Games24-20+11.325-1923-2196.548.544.7%50.995.948.246.8%48.5
Last 5 Games2-3-33-24-1101.649.043.8%52.8100.651.646.7%54.2
BROOKLYN Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.150.336-8044.9%8-2135.4%18-2473.4%511320187145
vs opponents surrendering97.64937-8245.2%7-2035.6%17-2375.2%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)96.548.536-8044.7%7-2135.0%18-2473.7%511221197145
Stats Against (All Games)95.348.038-8146.4%6-1736.2%14-1972.8%481121217135
vs opponents averaging96.948.737-8244.9%7-2035.6%16-2275.2%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)95.948.238-8146.8%6-1735.0%14-1970.9%481022217135

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-58-17.840-4141-4196.549.043.4%50.4101.250.447.6%50.7
Home Games14-27-11.217-2418-2397.148.743.5%51.4100.249.146.9%50.3
Last 5 Games0-5-5.80-52-393.045.044.4%50.6100.852.049.0%49.0
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)96.549.036-8443.4%7-1934.6%17-2275.5%501221218134
vs opponents surrendering97.749.137-8245.1%7-2035.7%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)97.148.737-8443.5%7-1934.8%17-2375.8%511222207135
Stats Against (All Games)101.250.438-8047.6%7-2037.2%18-2473.9%511124208157
vs opponents averaging97.348.937-8245.1%7-2035.7%16-2275.0%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)100.249.138-8146.9%7-2037.0%17-2374.3%501124208147
Average power rating of opponents played: BROOKLYN 96.2,  CLEVELAND 96.1
BROOKLYN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2013@ CLEVELAND              
11/3/2013@ ORLANDO              
11/8/2013@ WASHINGTON              
11/13/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
11/15/2013@ PHOENIX              

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
11/2/2013@ INDIANA              
11/6/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
11/8/2013@ PHILADELPHIA              
11/11/2013@ CHICAGO              
11/13/2013@ MINNESOTA              
BROOKLYN: GUARDS: DERON WILLIAMS will surely take on more of a distributor role this year, but he's still this team's best option from three-point range, as well . . . JOE JOHNSON started to break down last season, so along with fewer shots (with the upgrade to the rest of the roster), he figures to play fewer regular-season minutes as well . . . JASON TERRY is clearly in the decline phase of his career, but is still the top scoring option among Brooklyn's second unit . . . ALAN ANDERSON gives them another shooter off the bench . . . SHAUN LIVINGSTON steps into the back-up point guard spot vacated by C.J. Watson. The injury-prone vet will be one of the more rarely used back-up PGs . . . TYSHAWN TAYLOR will be a non-factor. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE still has something left in the tank. While his athleticism is fading, he's still a cagey scorer who can also play some point forward to set up Williams . . . ANDREI KIRILENKO will be a Swiss army knife sixth man and should see plenty of starts as new head coach Jason Kidd rotates which veterans rest . . . REGGIE EVANS was retained for his rebounding ability and willingness to look ridiculous while flopping . . . ANDRAY BLATCHE will continue to settle in as a second-unit big. He's a name to remember for the future, as Kevin Garnett doesn't have much left in the tank . . . MIRZA TELETOVIC will be a seldom-used option as a stretch four . . . TORNIKE SHENGELIA is still years away from contributing, and the influx of veterans will further delay his development. CENTERS: Last year did a lot to assuage durability concerns for BROOK LOPEZ. He's highly skilled, and he may be forced to grab more rebounds now that Reggie Evans is on the second unit . . . KEVIN GARNETT will start at power forward. He's still an effective pick-and-pop shooter and pick-and-roll defender, but he'll have to rest often during the regular season . . . MASON PLUMLEE is in no position to help this season.
CLEVELAND: GUARDS: There are some durability concerns, but KYRIE IRVING is on the verge of stardom. He should benefit from the arrival of Anthony Bennett, the kind of pick-and-roll weapon Cleveland has lacked . . . DION WAITERS is still a work-in-progress defensively, and this will likely be another developmental year. He might end up settling in as the leader of the second unit . . . JARRETT JACK seems likely to close out games, even if he doesn't technically start. He's a creative shot-maker who will play close to starter's minutes . . . C.J. MILES is more of a situational three-point threat. SERGEY KARASEV, a polished Euro import, could push him for that role . . . CARRICK FELIX doesn't figure to crack this rotation. FORWARDS: No. 1 overall pick ANTHONY BENNETT will see time at both forward spots, and he'll be a pick-and-pop weapon no matter where he's playing. The question is whether he'll defend well enough to stay on the court for 30 minutes . . . There should also be enough minutes for TRISTAN THOMPSON, who hasn't quite put it together. The 22-year-old has upside though, and is a bigger part of Cleveland's future than Anderson Varejao . . . EARL CLARK gives the Cavs a quality second unit player who can play extended minutes if Bennett is overmatched defensively . . . A starter last year, ALONZO GEE figures to be a second-unit glue guy, but might be looking at a lot of DNP-CDs. CENTERS: ANDERSON VAREJAO is once again healthy and once again trade bait. No matter what the starting lineup looks like, he'll play major minutes at the four and five . . . The Cavs are taking a flier on ANDREW BYNUM. With his knee problems, it'd be surprising if he could give them 20-plus good minutes per night . . . TYLER ZELLER is likely the odd man out until Varejao is dealt or Bynum gets injured.
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*Nets-Cavaliers Preview* ========================

Brooklyn (0-0) at Cleveland (0-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT

After an offseason spent acquiring talented but aging players, the expectation for the Brooklyn Nets is quite clear: Win a championship, and quickly.

With a roster full of developing youngsters, the Cleveland Cavaliers' goals are a little more measured - though there's plenty of reason for optimism.

The overhauled Nets seek their ninth win in 11 meetings with the Cavaliers on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Every member of the starting lineup has been an All-Star, and the Nets (49-33) have a combined 36 All-Star selections. Whereas the Celtics were still unproven around their Big Three, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett join a first five with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, with players such as Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry coming off the bench.

It came at an exorbitant cost. The payroll is more than $100 million and the Nets will be socked with a luxury tax bill of more than $80 million on top of that after blowing miles by the salary cap of $58.7 million.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov said when he bought the team in 2010 that he wanted a title within five years, and he signed off on a flurry of moves to give himself a chance. The draft-night trade with the Celtics that brought in Pierce, Garnett and Terry was a blockbuster, and other players were signed in hopes of keeping those old guys fresh for the postseason. That trio boasts a combined 47 seasons of playing experience, but each player is at least 36 years old.

Jason Kidd, who led the Nets to two NBA Finals as a player, now is on the bench in his first coaching opportunity. But the most important newcomer may be Garnett, who brings his trademark intensity and the loudest voice in practice to a team that Kidd said was too "vanilla" last season in losing to an undermanned Chicago team in the first round.

"My style is my style, and understand I've grown into this style," Garnett said. "I haven't always been like this. I've had to grow into being a man and understanding responsibilities and having different responsibilities. Through my course of my career from Minnesota to Boston I've understood all that, and now reaping some of those benefits of trial and error, I'm able to give wisdom and advice off of experience."

The Nets are realistic about the difficulty of winning a title with a first-year coach and so many new pieces. League executives who voted in the NBA.com GM Survey favored the Nets to win their division, but none picked them to even win the East, let alone the NBA title.

"I think it's tough to come together and win a championship in the first year. That's not saying it can't be done, we're looking to do that," Williams said. "But as far as people not picking us, that's all right. We'll worry about us, we'll worry about getting better, and we feel like if we get to the playoffs and everybody's healthy, we have a chance to beat anybody."

After a short tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, Mike Brown is back as the Cavaliers' head coach.

Dismissed in 2010 by owner Dan Gilbert after the Cavs (24-58) were eliminated in the playoffs, Brown inherits a team similar to the one he had in 2005, when LeBron James blossomed into a superstar and Cleveland won 50 games to get back into the postseason for the first time since 1998.

Since Brown left, the Cavs have lost 166 games, a downward spiral that began when James packed up his MVP trophies and talents for Miami. But with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, a revamped roster and playing in the top-heavy Eastern Conference, Cleveland should return to contention and may be one of the league's surprises.

"I feel we definitely have the pieces this year," said Irving, who averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 assists last season. "We have the chance to be something special."

Irving's health holds the key.

He has missed 38 games in his first two pro seasons with a variety of injuries, raising concerns about his durability. But the 21-year-old reported to training camp looking stronger physically and he seems to have done some mental maturing.

Irving wants to be the game's best player, and after coaching James and Kobe Bryant, Brown sees many similarities between his young star and those two icons.

"They want to be coached hard. They want to not only be better, they want to be great," Brown said. "Just being around Kyrie this short amount of time, I'm starting to feel that. He's young and has a ways to grow, but he's hungry to not only be better, but to be the greatest. When you have a guy that has that type of talent, skill level, but has an individual drive on his own to be the greatest, to me that results in a superstar in the making just waiting to blossom."

The Cavs, too, have a chance to bloom into something this season as well. With Irving, guard Dion Waiters, top overall draft pick Anthony Bennett, third-year forward Tristan Thompson and scrappy forward/center Anderson Varejao, Cleveland has a solid core to build around before next summer, when James may again test free agency.

Last Updated: 6/25/2018 7:05:32 AM EST

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