GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Raptors

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Game Summary

The Wine and Gold host the Toronto Raptors tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Cleveland (27-44) is coming off a 106-100 victory at New York on Sunday after overcoming a 17-point deficit to snap the Knicks eight-game win streak.

The Cavs have connected on at least .500 of their field goal attempts in three of the last four games. Over that four-game stretch, the Cavs are averaging 102.0 points on a combined .514 (161-313) shooting from the field, including .390 (30-77) from beyond-the-arc, and 26.0 assists.

Toronto (39-30) continues their quest for the Eastern Conference's third seed tonight as they seek their fourth straight victory.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Jarrett Jack, SG - Dion Waiters, SF - Luol Deng
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Spencer Hawes

Raptors: PG - Kyle Lowry, SG - DeMar DeRozen, SF - Terrance Ross
PF - Amir Johnson, C - Jonas Valanciunas

Status Update: (Cavs) - Carrick Felix, (Left patellar Stress Fracture, Out), Anthony Bennett, (Left Patellar Tendon Strain, Out), Kyrie Irving, (Left Biceps Strain, Out), Sergey Karasev, (Right Knee Patellar Tendonitis, Out), C.J. Miles, (Left Ankle Sprain, Out)

(Raptors) - Patrick Patterson, (Right Ulnar Collateral Sprain, Out)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

Through the first two games versus Toronto, Cleveland had five players average double figures in scoring (Irving-21.0, Deng-14.5, Thompson-13.0, Hawes-11.0 & Jack-10.5). The Cavs are 12-5 in the last 17 games versus the Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.

All-time, the Wine and Gold are 38-33 against the Raptors (20-15 Home, 18-18 Road).

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Defensive Intensity

Since Feb. 8 (21 games), Cleveland's defense is holding teams to the 6th-lowest FG% in the NBA (.437) as well as the 8th-lowest ppg (99.1).

In Sunday’s win over the Knicks, Cleveland held New York to .455 shooting, including 5-18 (.278) in the fourth quarter. The Cavs have now held their last four opponents to a combined 17-69 (.246) shooting in the final period, including 4-27 (.148) from beyond-the-arc.

If the Wine and Gold can continue their intensity at the defensive end, then they will give themselves a good chance at coming away with a victory.

Key Matchup

Backcourt Battle

Toronto's backcourt is led by their dynamic duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozen.

Lowry has scored 19+ points in a career-high nine consecutive games (Mar. 9-23). He is averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 assists over the nine eight contests.

DeRozen ranks ninth in the NBA in scoring (22.8), third in minutes (38.4) and fourth in made free throws (430). The first-time All-Star has scored 20 or more points in a team-best 40 games, including a career-high 15 games with 30 points.

Matching up with DeRozen and Lowry will be the Cavs backcourt of Dion Waiters, Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova.

Since re-entering the starting lineup (four games), Waiters is averaging 23.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 40.8 minutes per game. Waiters, the Eastern Conference’s leading bench scorer (14.7 ppg), notched his 3rd straight 20-point game after pouring in 22 points on 9-17 (.529) shooting and five rebounds in 41 minutes against the Knicks on Sunday. This is the 4th time Waiters has scored 20-plus points in three straight games (2/24/13-2/27/13, 3/10/13-3/15/13 & 11/27/13-11/30/13).

Against the Knicks on Sunday, Jack registered his 1st double-double of 2013-14 with a season-high 31 points (23 in the second half, 13 in the 4th) on 13-19 (.684) shooting, five rebounds and a season-high 10 assists in 42 minutes. It marked Jack’s 3rd career 30-10 game (12/6/06 at MIL & 2/22/13 vs. SAS). He shot 8-10 (.800) from the field in the second half, including 6-7 (.857) in the fourth quarter.

Over the last three contests, Dellavedova is averaging 11.3 points on .500 (12-24) shooting, including .462 (6-13) from the three-point line, 4.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 32.3 minutes per game.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio, XM & Sirius 218

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

Be sure to check cavs.com for Joe Gabriele's live in-game blog providing instant analysis and game notes. Plus, get into the discussion as die-hard Cavs fans talk about the game on CavFanatic's GameDay Thread.

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On Deck

After tonight's game, the Cavs travel to Detroit on Wednesday to face the Pistons at 7:30 p.m. ET.