Game Day: Raptors @ Cavaliers

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From NBA.com: Backed by their strong play on the defensive end, the Toronto Raptors are on the verge of moving seven games over .500 for the first time in six years.

They could reach that mark against the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose offensive struggles began with Toronto ending their longest winning streak in nearly four years.

The Raptors go for their sixth win in seven games as they try to beat the short-handed Cavaliers for the second time in less than a week Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Atlantic Division-leading Toronto (31-25) has tightened things up defensively, allowing 90.2 points per game – 6.3 below its season average – in its last five. That’s a big reason the Raptors could climb seven games above .500 for the first time since being 32-25 on Feb. 29, 2008.

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 Projected Starters

Raptors:Kyle Lowry (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Terrence Ross (F), Amir Johnson (F), Jonas Valanciunas (C)

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving (G), Jarrett Jack (G), Luol Deng (F), Tristan Thompson (F), Tyler Zeller (C)

Injury Updates

Raptors: Amir Johnson – sore right ankle (questionable)

Cavaliers: Carrick Felix – left patellar stress fracture (out), C.J. Miles – left ankle sprain (TBD), Anderson Varejao – sore back (TBD), Dion Waiters – left knee hyperextension (TBD)

By The Numbers: Raptors vs. Cavaliers


Team Comparison
2013-14 AVERAGES 2013-14 RANKINGS
TOR CLE TOR CLE
PPG 99.6 96.7 PPG 17 23
FG% .440 .424 FG% 22 29
3FG% .364 .351 3FG% 13 20
FT% .775 .745 FT% 9 22
OFF 11.9 12.8 OFF 10 3
DEF 31.2 31.9 DEF 21 16
REB 43.1 44.7 REB 15 10
AST 21.0 20.2 AST 17 27
STL 6.9 7.2 STL 25 21
TO 14.1 14.5 TO 9 10
BLK 4.3 3.9 BLK 22 29

Last Time They Met: Raptors 98, Cavaliers 91 - Feb. 21st, 2014

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