Dec. 29, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Jerry Stackhouse (42) tries to pass the ball around Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Alonzo Gee (33) during the second half at Barclays Center. Nets won 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Showdown

The Cavs are battling the Brooklyn Nets in Cleveland tonight. Kyrie Irving should be dressing tonight, which is good. Brooklyn has lost two straight and is on game 8 of a ridiculous road trip. That’s good for the Cavs, too. There’s definitely hope that Cleveland can avoid a 10th straight loss and make it tougher for Brooklyn to get better playoff positioning with a win tonight.

 

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers

96.9 (17th)

101.4 (26th)

20.7 (27th)

24.1 (27th)

40.6 (26th)

42.0 (12th)

Nets

96.1 (19th)

95.0 (5th)

20.3 (28th)

21.6 (9th)

42.8 (14th)

39.1 (1st)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

104.6 (19th)

109.6 (27th)

Nets

107.7 (9th)

106.5 (18th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers

47.6% (24th)

20% (20th)

13% (5th)

28% (12th)

Nets

49.5 (14th)

21.8 (8th)

14.1 (22nd)

31.1 (3rd)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers-Kyrie Irving, guard

1. Scored 31 points in return to the lineup Sunday @ New Orleans

2. Shooting % splits: 47/42/85

3. In 50 games this season, has scored over 20 points 33 times

 

Nets-Brook Lopez, center

1. Averaging 29 points, 9 rebounds in two games vs. Cleveland this season

2. Team scores 106.1 points/100 possessions when Lopez is on court, 102.3 when he is off court

3. Of centers with at least 1,000 minutes played, is 31st in Defensive Rebound % and 26th in Total Rebound %

 

Key Matchup: Tristan Thompson vs. Reggie Evans

 

The rebounding battle is going to be huge tonight. The Nets offense isn’t great, but clicks when they can get easy put backs and tip-outs to restart the offense. That’s largely based on the efforts of Evans, who has three straight 15-plus-rebound efforts coming into tonight. That’s going to put a lot of pressure on the Cavs best rebounder, Tristan Thompson. If Thompson and Mo Speights can keep Evans off the boards, it puts more pressure on Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche, who aren’t great rebounders. That’ll be a huge edge for the Cavs.

 

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