Jan 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (40) fouls Golden State Warriors small forward Richard Jefferson (44) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Showdown

When the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Orlando Magic Friday night, they will have some distinct advantages in certain categories, but will be lacking in others. The Cavaliers, for example, are the better scoring team, and are also much better at taking care of the basketball. But on the other hand, the Magic have a much higher offensive rebounding rate, give up fewer points, and take more efficient shots. For the Cavs to win tonight, rebounding will be key- especially on the offensive glass. Also, I am looking at Dion Waiters being a X-Factor for Cleveland. The Syracuse rookie is prone to taking bad jumpers from time to time (i.e. all the time), but tonight is not a game the Cavaliers can afford to have Waiters taking several bad jumpers over the course of 48 minutes.

 

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers 96.5 (15th) 101.1 (26th) 20.1 (26th) 23.6 (27th) 41.4 (20th) 42.4 (19th)
Magic 93.8 (24th) 98.7 (19th) 23.0 (7th) 22.8 (22nd) 42.8 (13th) 41.9 (t-12th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers 100.9 (19th) 106.8 (28th)
Magic 99.5 (26th) 104.7 (t-24th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers 47.0% (26th) 14.8% (29th) 13.3% (7th) 29.0% (23th)
Magic 48.9% (16th) 19.8% (21st) 14.0% (16th) 25.4% (8th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers:  Marresse Speights

1. Averaging 16.3 points in February

2.  Playing 27.3 minutes per game in February

3. Averaging 9.3 rebounds per game in February

Magic:  Nikola Vucevic

1. Averaging 11.4 rebounds per game

2. Averaging 13.5 rebounds per game in February

3. Shooting 44.1 percent from the field in February – 7.5 percent lower than season average

 

Key Matchup: Tyler Zeller vs. Nikola Vucevic

 

An interesting fact here is that both Zeller and Vucevic are seven-footers who weigh 240 pounds plus. Both of these players will play in the 2013 Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star weekend. Zeller will be on Team Shaq with Cavaliers teammates Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, while Vucevic will play with another Cavalier (Tristan Thompson) on Team Barkley. For this game, however, they will be matched up with each other for a large portion of the game. Vucevic is the kind of player who gives Zeller fits due to his big body, and if he has a big game, it would greatly help the Magic take down the Cavaliers. But if Zeller can play strong inside and be physical with the Montenegrin big man, then the Cavs should be primed to win, as they have advantages at every other position on the floor.

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