Mar 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (40) in action against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Cavaliers 116-78. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New Orleans Hornets Statistical Showdown

The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets matched up it was right after the All-Star break and Cleveland fans were excited to watch their team and Kyrie Irving on national television. A win and an incredible fourth quarter performance by Irving had the basketball world’s attention for a quick minute, but it was good for the Cleveland brand. Since then things have gone downhill, mostly due to a slew injuries and lack of depth/talent. New Orleans may be without their point guard, Greivis Vasquez, as well, as he is laboring a sore left ankle. Without Dion Waiters and Irving, the statistics don’t represent the Cavs as a team very well, but it still looks as if the Hornets should come away with the victory:

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers

97.0 (17th)

101.3 (25th)

20.6 (26th)

24.1 (28th)

40.6 (25th)

42.0 (t-13th)

Hornets

94.0 (24th)

97.6 (14th)

21.2 (22nd)

23.2 (21st)

41.3 (20th)

39.4 (4th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

101.2 (20th)

106.9 (27th)

Hornets

102.8 (t-15th)

107.6 (28th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers

47.5 (24th)

.203 (18th)

13.0 (4th)

28.3 (9th)

Hornets

49.2 (16th)

.186 (25th)

14.0 (18th)

28.8 (7th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers – Tyler Zeller, center

1. Averaging 7.7 points (last 10 games)

2. Averaging 6.4 rebounds (last 10 games)

3. Shooting 55.0 percent from the field (last 10 games)

Hornets

1. Attempting 7.0 threes per game

2. Averaging 16.5 points

3. Shooting 38.5 percent from three

Key Matchup: Tristan Thompson vs. Anthony Davis

Despite the lack of noise that Davis has failed to make this season, he is getting by with some pretty impressive numbers. Even though he has missed 15 games this season, he is still putting up averages of 13.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. He has been carrying a heavy workload as of late (shooting 58.4 percent from field over last 10 games), and this would be a perfect time for Thompson to expose his tired body. Last time around the Cleveland defense forced Davis into shooting below 30 percent from the field, while Thompson struggled to get his shot going as well. Look for key defensive matchups to come between these two young bigs.

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