GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Magic

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Game Summary

The Cleveland Cavaliers (23-52) return to Quicken Loans Arena for their first Sunday home contest of the season. Tonight, the Cavs will take on the Orlando Magic (19-58) for the fourth and final time in 2012-13. Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m. ET.

In their most recent game on Friday against Boston, the Cavs pulled down a season-high 58 rebounds and owned a plus-16 advantage on the glass in their 97-91 road win. The Cavs also had the edge in points in the paint (52-38), second chance points (19-12) and fastbreak points (15-8) against the Celtics.

On Friday, Tristan Thompson recorded his 27th double-double of the season after pouring in a career-high 29 points on 10-17 (.588) shooting and a career-high 17 rebounds in 41 minutes. Thompson became the first player to reach each of those statistical levels in a regular-season game against the Celtics since Shaquille O'Neal totaled 48 points and 20 rebounds against Boston in March 2003.

Orlando will close a five-game trip tonight as they try to end their second 10-game road losing streak of the season.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Wayne Ellington, SF - Alonzo Gee
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Tyler Zeller

Magic: PG - Beno Udrih, SG - Maurice Harkless, SF - Tobias Harris
PF - Andrew Nicholson, C - Nikola Vucevic

Injuries: (Cavs) - Anderson Varejao, (Vastus Medialis Split/Surgery, Out), Dion Waiters, (Left Knee Soreness, Out)
(Magic) Aaron Afflalo (Strained Right Hamstring, Out), Glen Davis (Fractured Right Foot, Out), Jameer Nelson (Sprained Right Ankle, Day-to-Day), Maurice Harkless (Sore Left Knee, Day-to-Day)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavaliers trail the all-time series against the Magic, 39-48, posting a 24-18 mark in games played at home with the Magic holding a 29-15 advantage while playing in their own arena.

The Cavs have won the previous two matchups against Orlando, outscoring the Magic 118.5 to 101.0 and shooting .491(82-167) from the field, including .457 (16-35) from the three-point line. Cleveland is also averaging 25.5 assists and just 8.5 turnovers in the two recent victories over Orlando.

STATS Fun Fact

STATSThe last time the Cavs faced the Magic, Kyrie Irving possessed the basketball for five minutes and 28 seconds, nearly three minutes more than the next closest Cavalier in that same category (Dion Waiters 2:34).

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Hustle

At this point in the season, whichever team comes out with more energy and hustle should give themselves a big advantage.

A good measure of hustle is second chance points. On the season, Cleveland ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference in second chance points per game (15.0, 3rd overall) and 6th in offensive rebounds per game (12.2, 9th overall). Against the Magic this season, the Cavs are averaging 14.0 offensive rebounds and 19.3 second chance points.

If the Wine and Gold can come out strong and out-work the Magic, they will have a good chance at coming away with the victory.

Key Matchup

Cavs Bench vs. Magic Bench

In two wins against Orlando this season, Cleveland’s bench is averaging 55.0 points compared to 27.0 reserve points for the Magic. In the two team's latest contest on Feb. 23, the Cavs’ bench scored a season-best 59 points on 20-36 (.556) shooting from the field. The reserves also scored all 39 of the Cavs points in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Magic 39-22 in the period.

Cleveland’s reserves are averaging 36.7 points since Wayne Ellington and Marreese Speights played their first game as Cavaliers on January 25. That is the 2nd-most in the Eastern Conference over that stretch, trailing only New York (44.3).

Orlando's bench lacks depth and their highest scoring reserve is E'Twaun Moore at just 7.9 points per game.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FSOhio HD, NBA League Pass
Radio: WTAM 1100, XM & Sirius 85, NBA League Pass Audio

Programming Notes

Cavaliers Live Pregame Show begins at 5:30 p.m. | Tipoff at 6:00 p.m.

• Cleveland, Toledo, Youngstown/Erie, and Wheeling/Steubenville areas:
- Main FOX Sports Ohio cable channel
- Direct TV: FSOhio
- Dish: FSOhio
- AT&T: FSOhio

• Columbus, Lima, Cincinnati, and Dayton, areas:
- The game is being made available to providers to air on the alternate FOX Sports Ohio cable channels. Alternate channel information can be found here: http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/channelfinder/
- Direct TV: FSOhio
- Dish: FSOhio
- AT&T: FSOhio

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