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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 3/12/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
CLEVELAND
 
PHOENIX
+8  

-8  
+280

-360

211
 
110
Final
101

CLEVELAND (24 - 40) at PHOENIX (36 - 27)
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Wednesday, 3/12/2014 10:05 PM
Board OpenLatest
619CLEVELAND208.5210
620PHOENIX-7.5-8.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-40-14.628-3629-3597.048.042.7%53.4101.651.045.4%51.8
Road Games9-23-9.412-2017-1596.148.043.2%50.4104.554.247.7%50.9
Last 5 Games1-4-3.21-43-297.048.846.1%50.4103.851.645.4%48.0
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)97.048.036-8542.7%7-2035.2%17-2375.2%531320207144
vs opponents surrendering100.650.438-8345.4%8-2136.2%18-2375.5%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)96.148.036-8443.2%7-2034.5%17-2275.4%501219208143
Stats Against (All Games)101.651.038-8345.4%9-2536.5%17-2276.6%521025207136
vs opponents averaging99.95037-8345.1%7-2135.8%18-2375.5%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)104.554.239-8147.7%9-2438.8%17-2376.0%511025197146

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games36-27+16.941-2132-28105.554.046.1%51.3103.051.645.7%51.3
Home Games22-12+4.220-1319-13108.655.447.6%51.6103.151.945.7%49.4
Last 5 Games2-304-13-2113.060.249.3%49.0114.258.452.3%44.8
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)105.554.039-8446.1%9-2537.6%19-2575.9%511219228155
vs opponents surrendering100.950.638-8445.2%8-2135.8%18-2475.4%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)108.655.440-8447.6%10-2439.6%19-2676.1%521219229155
Stats Against (All Games)103.051.638-8445.7%7-1933.8%20-2676.7%511220217154
vs opponents averaging101.250.638-8345.5%8-2136.1%18-2475.4%521122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)103.151.938-8345.7%7-2034.2%20-2677.3%491119218154
Average power rating of opponents played: CLEVELAND 95.3,  PHOENIX 96.6
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
2/1/2014@ HOUSTON92-106L11.5L206.5U38-8743.7%421641-8051.2%5517
2/3/2014@ DALLAS107-124L8L205.5O37-8046.2%38944-8055.0%5113
2/5/2014LA LAKERS108-119L-7L207.5O38-10137.6%671142-7953.2%4813
2/7/2014@ WASHINGTON115-113W9.5W198O40-7751.9%501843-8550.6%4013
2/9/2014MEMPHIS91-83W3W183.5U35-8839.8%591333-8638.4%5614
2/11/2014SACRAMENTO109-99W1.5W205.5O41-8647.7%551234-7445.9%4814
2/12/2014@ DETROIT93-89W8W209.5U34-8440.5%521033-8339.8%6616
2/18/2014@ PHILADELPHIA114-85W-4W211.5U40-8746.0%682031-8735.6%4917
2/19/2014ORLANDO101-93W-5W197.5U33-8041.2%611135-8939.3%546
2/21/2014@ TORONTO91-98L8W196U32-8239.0%591440-9343.0%548
2/23/2014WASHINGTON83-96L1.5L196U30-7838.5%581241-9642.7%545
2/25/2014TORONTO93-99L4L193U34-8440.5%541235-7944.3%4914
2/26/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY114-104W14.5W205O40-8646.5%471639-8048.7%4519
2/28/2014UTAH99-79W-4.5W192.5U43-8848.9%641028-8035.0%419
3/1/2014@ MEMPHIS96-110L9L184.5O39-7949.4%431244-8154.3%439
3/4/2014SAN ANTONIO101-122L7.5L203.5O38-7948.1%451643-9047.8%5011
3/7/2014@ CHARLOTTE92-101L5L198U37-8643.0%551336-7746.8%4212
3/8/2014NEW YORK97-107L-1L201.5O36-8741.4%451038-8843.2%6413
3/12/2014@ PHOENIX              
3/14/2014@ GOLDEN STATE              
3/16/2014@ LA CLIPPERS              
3/18/2014MIAMI              
3/20/2014OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/22/2014HOUSTON              
3/23/2014@ NEW YORK              
3/25/2014TORONTO              
3/26/2014@ DETROIT              
3/28/2014@ BROOKLYN              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
2/1/2014CHARLOTTE105-95W-9W205U39-8048.7%531333-7941.8%458
2/4/2014CHICAGO92-101L-7.5L193P31-8038.7%532135-7844.9%5218
2/5/2014@ HOUSTON108-122L8L214.5O42-9046.7%501339-7154.9%4413
2/8/2014GOLDEN STATE122-109W-4.5W208.5O43-8053.7%541741-8448.8%3812
2/11/2014MIAMI97-103L3L210U35-7646.1%411636-7647.4%5012
2/18/2014@ DENVER112-107W-2.5W215.5O35-9337.6%671538-9938.4%7112
2/19/2014BOSTON100-94W-5.5W205U36-8243.9%581834-8739.1%5714
2/21/2014SAN ANTONIO106-85W2W209U42-8251.2%541229-8334.9%5018
2/23/2014HOUSTON112-115L1.5L213.5O42-8648.8%411641-7852.6%5122
2/25/2014MINNESOTA101-110L-4L211.5U42-9544.2%591942-8748.3%5415
2/26/2014@ UTAH86-109L2L200U31-8038.7%491342-7456.8%5114
2/28/2014NEW ORLEANS116-104W-7W202O40-7454.1%411442-7853.8%3711
3/2/2014ATLANTA129-120W-8W217O44-8055.0%441544-8452.4%4412
3/4/2014LA CLIPPERS96-104L4.5L218.5U39-8645.3%541840-7851.3%4515
3/6/2014OKLAHOMA CITY128-122W6W217O42-8052.5%531445-9050.0%409
3/9/2014@ GOLDEN STATE107-113L9.5W211O36-7548.0%491945-8552.9%4112
3/10/2014@ LA CLIPPERS105-112L10.5W217.5U39-8545.9%451643-7855.1%5421
3/12/2014CLEVELAND              
3/14/2014@ BOSTON              
3/16/2014@ TORONTO              
3/17/2014@ BROOKLYN              
3/19/2014ORLANDO              
3/21/2014DETROIT              
3/23/2014@ MINNESOTA              
3/24/2014@ ATLANTA              
3/26/2014@ WASHINGTON              
3/28/2014NEW YORK              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
PHOENIX: GUARDS: ERIC BLEDSOE immediately becomes the Suns' best player. He dominated for stretches while backing up Chris Paul . . . GORAN DRAGIC and Bledsoe will play together since they're the two best players on this team. Dragic also has enough size to match up with most twos . . . After a disappointing stint as a starter, SHANNON BROWN will return to the second unit . . . KENDALL MARSHALL doesn't fit new coach Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo style. The Suns will move him if they can . . . ARCHIE GOODWIN looked lost at times at Kentucky, but his ability to get to the line bodes well for his NBA future . . . GERALD GREEN is the kind of athlete who could make an impact on an up-tempo second unit . . . MALCOLM LEE is here in case Marshall is dealt. FORWARDS: MARKIEFF MORRIS has some upside as a skilled stretch four. He's shown flashes over his first two seasons, and playing in Honracek's up-tempo system should only help him take the next step forward . . . MARCUS MORRIS is still a man without a position, a tweener in a bad way. The Suns will try to make him into an effective second-unit guy . . . CHANNING FRYE missed all of last season with a heart ailment, and the Suns don't seem to be expecting to get anything from him this season.CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT will keep the seat warm for Alex Len. He doesn't fit this up-and-down offense . . . ALEX LEN must become more assertive and the bust factor is high, but 7-footers with his mobility and touch don't come around often . . . MILES PLUMLEE could get minutes as a defensive specialist after making just 5-of-21 FG as a rookie.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(UPDATES with Tucker suspended)

*Cavaliers-Suns Preview* ========================

By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor

Cleveland (24-40) at Phoenix (36-27), 10:00 p.m. EDT

A brutal four-game stretch has Phoenix on the outside of the playoff picture, and a road-heavy slate over the final five weeks makes it imperative that the Suns take advantage of their few remaining home dates.

Having Eric Bledsoe back for the first one could provide a major boost.

Bledsoe is expected to play for the first time in 2014 on Wednesday night when the Suns host a fading Cleveland Cavaliers team that's beginning its own daunting stretch.

Phoenix (36-27) went 16-8 with Bledsoe in the lineup - and 3-3 without him - through the season's first two months, and it won 10 of its final 12 games of 2013 but lost him to a knee injury Dec. 30.

He had surgery Jan. 10 and began a two-month rehab process that saw him return to five-on-five scrimmages in early March. He targeted Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers (24-40) to return, and while coach Jeff Hornacek expects him to come off the bench initially, Bledsoe doesn't expect to be working his way into game shape.

"Full throttle when I come back," said Bledsoe, who was averaging 18.0 points and combined with Goran Dragic to form one of the NBA's highest-scoring backcourts. "I'm going to stay aggressive, stay in that same mindset I had at the start of the season."

Phoenix could certainly use a spark after going 3-6 in its previous nine games to fall from sixth in the Western Conference and behind eighth-place Memphis, which holds the tiebreaker over the Suns. They trailed by as many as 25 in the third quarter Monday against the Clippers in a 112-105 loss, their second to the Pacific Division leaders in a four-game stretch that also saw them face Oklahoma City and Golden State.

"Our guys never quit. That's a great thing," Hornacek said. "But to get down by that many points, a comeback just isn't always going to happen. ... Our backs are to the wall now. We have to play tougher."

The Suns have allowed 112.1 points per game as opponents have shot 52.5 percent in this nine-game stretch. In the 24 games Bledsoe played, Phoenix allowed an average of 99.8 points, but in the 39 he's missed, it has surrendered 104.9 per contest.

Only seven of the Suns' final 19 games are at US Airways Center, but their first opponent is in an even worse slump - and it's not about to get any easier. Cleveland's 107-97 home loss to New York on Saturday was its seventh in nine games.

The Cavaliers are five games behind eighth-place Atlanta in the loss column and now begin a six-game stretch that starts on the road against Phoenix, Golden State and the Clippers before they return home to face Miami, Oklahoma City and Houston.

"We need to play well, obviously, with where we're sitting," coach Mike Brown said. "So it'll be good to get out and get on the road and try to come together and get some wins. I'm looking forward to it; I think the guys are too."

Cleveland expects at some point on this trip to get C.J. Miles back from an ankle injury that's sidelined him for the past nine games, and it could use the boost from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers have been outscored 294-171 from 3-point range in this stretch, allowing opponents to shoot 40.0 percent.

Miles is shooting 43.2 percent from long distance in 2014.

Much of the focus will be on the Dragic-Kyrie Irving battle, but when the Suns visited Cleveland on Jan. 26, it was reserve Markieff Morris who made the difference with 27 points and 15 rebounds in Phoenix's 99-90 win.

The Cavaliers led by as many as 20 before collapsing with a six-point third quarter.

Phoenix will be without starting forward P.J. Tucker, who was suspended for one game Tuesday for elbowing Los Angeles' Blake Griffin in the chin Monday.

Tucker had 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career high-tying six assists at Cleveland in January.


Last Updated: 12/22/2014 5:11:40 AM EST


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