GameDay Preview: Cavs at Raptors

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Game Summary

The Cavaliers are back on the road to take on the Toronto Raptors for the fourth and final time this season. The Cavs currently lead the season series 2-1. Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Through the first three games against Toronto this season, the Cavs have connected on .450 (18-40) of their attempts from behind the three-point line. Cleveland has shot at least .400 from long distance 24 times and has knocked down at least 10 triples nine times this season.

The Raptors changed time zones four times during their recent four-game road trip (Mar. 2-10) and finished with a 1-3 mark. Toronto will play 18 of its final 19 games against Eastern Conference opponents.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

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

Raptors: PG - Kyle Lowry, SG - DeMar DeRozan, SF - Rudy Gay
PF - Andrea Bargnani, C - Jonas Valalnciunas

Injuries: (Cavs) - Omri Casspi, (Appendectomy, Out), Anderson Varejao, (Vastus Medialis Split/Surgery, Out)
(Raptors) - Andrea Bargnani (Strained Right Elbow, Day-to-Day)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavaliers lead the all-time series, 38-30, including a 20-14 mark in games played at The Q and a 18-16 record in Toronto. Cleveland has won 12 of the last 16 home contests against Toronto.

In their previous matchup with Toronto on Feb. 27, the Cavs rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Raptors, 103-92 at The Q. Cleveland had 26 assists and just 11 turnovers, while holding a 39-8 advantage in bench points. The Cavs also shot .938 (30-32) from the foul line. Dion Waiters led team with 23 points, six assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes. In his second start as a Cavalier, Shaun Livingston matched his season highs with 15 points, five rebounds and six assists, to go along with one block in 33 minutes.

Key to the Game/Key Matchups

Key to the Game

Battle in the Paint

The Raptors have scored 40+ points in the paint in four consecutive games (Mar. 2-8). Toronto currently ranks 27th in the NBA in points in the paint (37.4). The Raptors are averaging 103.7 points in 26 games this season when they score 40 or more points in the paint. The Cavs rank 16th in the NBA in points in the paint allowed (42.3).

The Cavs’ 15.6 second chance points per game average is the highest in the Eastern Conference (2nd in the NBA). The Cavs are also pulling down 12.5 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks 4th in the East (8th in the league).

Key Matchup

Cavaliers Perimeter Defenders vs. Rudy Gay & DeMar DeRozen

Forward Rudy Gay (17.9) and guard DeMar DeRozan (17.8) rank 20th and 21st, respectively, in the NBA in scoring. Gay is averaging 19.6 points in 16 games with Toronto.

DeRozan is currently averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists and minutes this season.

The duo have combined to score 38+ points in 10-of-16 games since the Raptors acquired Gay from Memphis on Jan. 30.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FSOhio HD, NBA League Pass
Radio: WTAM 1100, XM 218, Sirius 123, NBA League Pass Audio