January 11, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) passes the ball during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Statistical Showdown: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Update: Dwight Howard will start tonight for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be going up against the coldest team in the NBA right now in the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. Losers of their last six games, the Lakers have fallen to 11th place in the Western Conference. Cleveland wasn’t able to secure a win in their first game of their second extended West Coast trip, but the Purple and Gold will be without Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. This is favorable for a team that has struggled without their dominating presence in the paint, Anderson Varejao. Here is how the teams match up statistically going into the game:

Cavaliers (9-29, 5-17 away)

Averages

Points – 94.5 (25th)

Points Allowed – 99.8 (25th)

Assists – 19.3 (30th)

Assists Allowed – 23.0 (26th)

Rebounds – 41.7 (19th)

Rebounds Allowed – 42.0 (13th)

Advanced Statistics

Offensive Efficiency – 98.3 (28th)

Defensive Efficiency – 105.9 (28th)

Four Factors

Effective Field Goal Percentage – 46.4 (27th)

Free Throw Rate – .192 (22nd)

Turnover Rate – 13.9 (16th)

Offensive Rebound Rate – 29.4 (9th)

Player to Watch: Kyrie Irving

1. 23.6 points per game

2. 3.7 turnovers per game

3. 41.7 percent from three

Lakers (15-21, 10-9 away)

Averages

Points – 103.1 (4th)

Points Allowed – 102.1 (26th)

Assists – 21.6 (18th)

Assists Allowed – 23.8 (29th)

Rebounds – 45.4 (3rd)

Rebounds Allowed – 42.5 (17th)

Advanced Statistics

Offensive Efficiency – 106.0 (6th)

Defensive Efficiency – 104.0 (22nd)

Four Factors

Effective Field Goal Percentage – 50.6 (8th)

Free Throw Rate – .242 (2nd)

Turnover Rate – 13.8 (15th)

Offensive Rebound Rate – 29.4 (8th)

Player to Watch: Kobe Bryant

1. 24.79 PER

2. 22.1 field goals attempted per game

3. 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio

What to Watch for: When finishing at the rim, the Cavaliers rank dead last in the league with a dreadful 57.7 shooting percentage. Tristan Thompson has been able to counter this problem to an extent with his great offensive rebounding abilities. The sophomore power forward corrals 3.9 offensive boards per game, good for ninth in the NBA. He has almost timed up turning missed shots into emphatic dunks to a tee, helping the Cavaliers in the second-chance points category as well. Cleveland ranks fourth in the NBA in extra scoring chances per game, while Los Angeles ranks 17th. With Los Angeles’ two bigs out on Sunday, second-chance points will have to be aplenty if the Cavs want to keep up with a high scoring team such as the Lakers. Thompson will have to lead this brigade on offense, but he only managed to score one point the last time these two teams matched up. He has matured vastly since then, so we should see the motor running at full go.

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