|TEAM STATS||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|W / OT132-129|
|Team Outlook and Scouting Report|
SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS
While not a playoff contender their projected win total did improve by nearly 3 wins from before and after the draft. In a shooters' league they drafted quality shooting. The Cavaliers are not contenders to win the championship at 1000/1, 0.1%. They are one of 8 teams with these odds (#23 in the league). They have no chance to win the championship. They are not a good value to win the East either at 400/1, 0.2%. Both the simulations and oddsmakers have them at 24.5 wins. At +1500 the Cavaliers are not a good value to make the playoffs with a 0% chance. They have less than 1% chance to win the division. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #14 in the East.
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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES
They were expected to win 25% of their games last season so their 19-63 met expectations. They were not good against the spread going 38-43-1 (-930 loss). They went over 45 times and came in under 37 times. Based on computer simulations they only have a 35% chance to beat the Magic in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).
TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
SHOOTING (WEAKNESS): They are a bad shooting team with a true FG% of 54% (#29 in League). Despite the weak shooting %, they still average more points per game (104.5) than expected (104.3). On the road they average 103.8 (103.2 expected), and at home 105.2 ppg (105.5 expected).
DEFENSE (WEAKNESS): They are not a good defensive team allowing opponents to shoot 59.2 true FG% (#30 in League). Team defense is trending down allowing opponents to shoot 65.2% in their last 7 games. They allow 114.1 pts per game vs an expected value of 112.3. They are allowing 115.7 (113.5 expected) on the road, and at home 112.5 ppg (111.1 expected).
REBOUNDING (WEAKNESS): They are outrebounded by opponents by 1.6 per game (#22 in league).
TURNOVERS (BELOW AVERAGE): They have an average turnover margin of -0.5 per game (#18 in league).
TEAM FANTASY LEADERS
The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Kevin Love who is projected to be the #25 Forward. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.
|18||Dellavedova, Matthew||PG||6-3||200||09/08/1990||6||St. Mary's (CA)|
|1||Exum, Dante||PG||6-5||214||07/13/1995||4||No College|
|5||Mac, Sheldon||SG||6-6||201||12/21/1992||1||Texas; Miami (Fla.)|
|42||Macura, J.P.||SG||6-5||205||06/05/1995||1||Xavier (Ohio)|
|28||McKinnie, Alfonzo||SF||6-7||215||09/17/1992||2||Wis.-Green Bay|
|31||Mooney, Matt||SG||6-3||200||02/07/1995||0||Air Force; South Dakota; Texas|
|22||Nance Jr., Larry||PF||6-7||245||01/01/1993||4||Wyoming|
|---||Newman, Malik||SG||6-3||190||02/21/1997||0||Mississippi State; Kansas|
|16||Osman, Cedi||SF||6-7||230||04/08/1995||2||No College|
|15||Pointer, Sir'Dominic||SG||6-5||200||05/06/1992||0||St. John's (N.Y.)|
|32||Wade, Dean||PF||6-9||228||11/20/1996||0||Kansas State|
|9||Windler, Dylan||SG||6-6||196||09/22/1996||0||Belmont University|
|41||Zizic, Ante||C||6-10||266||01/04/1997||2||No College|