Dec 22, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) tries to get a loose ball during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Statistical Showdown: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Milwaukee Bucks (22-18) are currently on a four-game winning streak, so that means Milwaukee is over the .500 mark for the fourth time this season. They will be going up against the Cleveland Cavaliers (11-32) for the fourth and final time this season, and head into the contest with a 2-1 edge over the Cavs. After having no players on their roster selected to the All-Star game, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis will be playing with a chip on their shoulder tonight. If you haven’t heard the incredible news already, Kyrie Irving was selected to his first All-Star Game and will be looking to make yet another statement Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena:

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers

95.0 (20th)

100.4 (24th)

19.6 (29th)

23.3 (27th)

41.4 (21st)

42.5 (17th)

Bucks

97.0 (15th)

97.7 (17th)

21.9 (15th)

22.4 (20th)

43.5 (9th)

45.5 (28th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

98.9 (27th)

106.5 (28th)

Bucks

99.7 (23rd)

100.3 (7th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers

46.3 (27th)

.197 (21st)

13.5 (9th)

29.4 (8th)

Bucks

47.0 (23rd)

.189 (24th)

13.2 (6th)

28.0 (13th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson (Bobblehead Night!)

1. 15.1 PER

2. 4.0 offensive rebounds per game

3. 31.7 minutes per game

Bucks: Brandon Jennings

1. 2.0 steals per game

2. 40.9 percent from the field

3. 12.0 points per game versus Cleveland this season

Key Matchup: Kyrie Irving vs. Brandon Jennings

Jennings has been the only opponent for Irving so far in the point guard battle of the Central Division. With Brandon Knight and George Hill not quite on the same level and the first matchup with Derrick Rose to be determined, Jennings has put up the toughest fight for the second-year point guard. Despite struggling the most of the night, Jennings got the best of Irving with a game-winning three pointer in the first meeting between the two teams. Jennings has struggled against Kyrie in their three matchups, converting on 28.3 percent of his shot attempts when facing the Cavaliers. Expect a duel-like game with these two on opposite sides of each other.

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