5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Cavs

The San Antonio Spurs (11-1) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-9) tonight at the AT&T Center as the Spurs look to win their 10th game in a row.

The Spurs are coming off a 102-86 win over Memphis last night. Tony Parker paced the Spurs with a team-high 20 points. Kawhi Leonard finished with 12 points in the win.

The Cavs are coming off a 100-104 loss to the Pelicans. Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in the loss.

And as the Spurs look to keep their hot start to the season going, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:

• The Spurs have won their last seven games by an average of 15.6 points.

• Cavs' Irving has averaged 12.7 points while shooting 31.3 percent in three career games against the Spurs.

• Cleveland has held opponents to under 41 percent shooting in three of the last four games.

• The Cavs bench is averaging 34.6 points and has outscored the opponent’s bench in 11 of 13 games.
 
• The Spurs are 5-0 when outscoring teams in the paint at home.

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Cavs

The San Antonio Spurs (41-12) will face the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-36) tonight in Cleveland for game five of their annual Rodeo Road Trip (3-1). Tonight will be the first time these two teams meet this season. It will also be the Spurs' final game before the All-Star break.

The Spurs are coming off a 103-89 win over the Bulls in Chicago despite not having Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili nor Stephen Jackson. Kawhi Leonard led the team with a career-high 26 points.

Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili will be available for tonight's game while Jackson's status (personal reasons) is not with the team.

The Cavs are coming off a 92-100 loss to the Timberwolves. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 20 points despite rolling his ankle in the first-half of action.

And as the Spurs look to make it three wins in a row, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:

• San Antonio’s defense has forced at least 15 turnovers in 27 games and are 23-4 in those games.

• Cleveland is 6-3 mark over their last nine games at Quicken Loans Arena.

• Cleveland’s bench is averaging 44.3 points over the last six games.

• Cleveland is averaging 12.6 offensive rebounds per game, which is good for the 8th-most in the NBA this season.

• Cleveland has tied or had fewer turnovers than their opponents in 22 of their last 26 games.

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