Jan 14, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Alonzo Gee (33) and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) and center Tyler Zeller (40) fight for the rebound during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-118. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Statistical Showdown: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz

Coming off of a big win in Portland, the Cleveland Cavaliers finish up their current West Coast road trip against the Utah Jazz at the Energy Solutions Arena on Saturday.  The Cavaliers, statistically, are a worse team than the Jazz, but I think this game is closer than the statistics indicate below.

Statistics

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers 95.0 (22nd) 100.4 (25th) 19.3 (29th) 23.1 (25th) 41.5 (21st) 42.2 (17th)
Jazz 98.4 (11th) 98.6 (19th) 22.8 (9th) 21.0 (t-8th) 42.4 (14th) 40.9 (14th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

98.8 (t-98.8)

106.5 (28th)

Jazz

103.5 (10th)

104.2 (23rd)

Four Factors

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers

46.4% (25th)

19.4 (22nd)

13.6 % (10th) 29.6% (7th)
Jazz

48.6% (16th)

23.2 (5th)

14.1% (21st)

29.9% (6th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers

1. Kyrie Irving

2.  C.J. Miles

3. Tyler Zeller

Opponent

1. Al Jefferson

2. Paul Millsap

3. Mo Williams

Key Matchup: Tristan Thompson and Zeller versus Jefferson and Millsap will be an interesting matchup to watch Saturday night. With Jefferson and Millsap being the Jazz’s best players it will be up to Thompson and Zeller to hold their own on the inside. I have full confidence in Thompson, but we will see about Zeller. Jefferson, although smaller, will provide a tough test for the rookie.

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