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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs Predictions and Preview for 1/14/2022

Cleveland Cavaliers takes on San Antonio Spurs on 1/14/2022 at 08:40 PM.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs face off in an important game for both teams. Cleveland Cavaliers has a record of 24-18 this regular season. San Antonio Spurs is 15-26 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Defense Preview




They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 105.5 would certainly justify such praise. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the NBA. They are not doing enough to stop opponents from scoring at the rim. Making the easy shots hard is what this team does to opponents, among the best in the NBA.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 110.8, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .568 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .536, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .402 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .352 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .775 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They successfully retrieved 23.6% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

San Antonio Spurs Team Defense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 110.2, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

San Antonio Spurs Team Offense Preview


Their offensive efficiency is 109.7, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .545 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .520, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .329 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .353 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .728 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead.

They successfully retrieved 23.4% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Roster

The Players to Watch for Cleveland Cavaliers

Darius Garland 6-1 192 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Evan Mobley 7-0 215 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Jarrett Allen 6-11 243 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

Getting to the rim is important to him. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He either does not take three point shots or he does not make them either. Opponents are probably quite aware. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

The San Antonio Spurs Roster

The Players to Watch for San Antonio Spurs

Dejounte Murray 6-4 180 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Keldon Johnson 6-5 220 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Derrick White 6-4 190 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 115 San Antonio Spurs 104

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