2016 NBA FUTURES – SERIES PICKS
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NBA Betting – Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Conference Finals Series Preview and Picks
Two teams who have taken different paths meet in the Eastern Conference Finals as the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet.
The Cavaliers have gone 8-0 this postseason, sweeping both series’ and getting plenty of rest.
As for the Raptors, they were taken to 7 games against the Pacers and the Heat, but thanks to home court, they clinched both games on their home floor.
Despite all that, the Eastern Conference held to form and the top 2 teams will meet with a spot in the Finals on the line.
Who’s got the edge in this series?
Let’s break it down.
NBA Championship Lines – 2016 NBA Title Odds from 5Dimes
- Cavaliers 2/1
- Raptors 50/1
Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Series Prices
- Toronto Raptors +950
- Cleveland Cavaliers -1750
Raptors vs. Cavaliers Conference Finals Schedule
- Game 1 Tuesday, May 17 Toronto at Cleveland 8:30 p.m. ET
- Game 2 Thursday, May 19 Toronto at Cleveland 8:30 p.m. ET
- Game 3 Saturday, May 21 Cleveland at Toronto 8:30 p.m. ET
- Game 4 Monday, May 23 Cleveland at Toronto 8:30 p.m. ET
- Game 5* Wednesday, May 25 Toronto at Cleveland 8:30 p.m. ET
- Game 6* Friday, May 27 Cleveland at Toronto 8:30 p.m. ET
- Game 7* Sunday, May 29 Toronto at Cleveland 8:30 p.m. ET
Raptors vs. Cavaliers Free Series Prediction: Guards
Toronto has seen two different Kyle Lowry’s in this postseason.
They’ve seen the Lowry that hasn’t been able to hit anything, but they’ve also seen the one who can take over. Lowry had 35 and 36 in Games 6 and 7 as he looked like him old self after struggling during some of the postseason.
He’ll obviously be a key, but so will Norman Powell and Terrence Ross. The duo will have to guard the likes of JR Smith and Iman Shumpert, who both have proven they can shoot the 3.
Kyrie Irving and JR Smith both are such crucial parts of Cleveland’s guard duo. Both can hit from the outside and Irving and get in the lane and change the whole complexion of the game.
Look for Matthew Dellavedova to also play a key role as he sees significant minutes.
Verdict: Give the edge to the Cavaliers here. Yes, Lowry can take a game over by himself, but that is about the only thing the Raptors guards have going for them. Cleveland has that same threat with Irving and multiple outside threats, as we’ve seen throughout this postseason.
Raptors vs. Cavaliers Free Series Predictions: Forwards & Center
The Raptors are very talented down low.
They will use DeMar DeRozan, Bismack Biyombo,and Luis Scola, who all played such a big part in the series win over the Heat.
However, the key will be Jonas Valanciunas. He isn’t expected to be back for first two games, which puts a lot of pressure on Biyombo. Expect Valanciunas to come back when the series shifts to Toronto, which could certainly change the whole complexion of the Raptors.
Cleveland’s duo of Lebron James and Kevin Love is nearly unstoppable. Both have he ability to get to the rim, but they are also equally a threat from the outside.
Add C Tristan Thompson to that who is a force on the offensive rebounding and this Cleveland big man set is one of the best in the league.
Verdict: Cleveland just has too much talent here. Given the injured status of Valanciunas too, the Raptors just don’t have enough defensively to slow these three down.
Raptors vs. Cavaliers Free Series Predictions:
The Raptors aren’t a pushover as the series price indicates.
Nobody is really giving them a chance, but the loss of Valanciunas is the biggest key here. They have to steal a game in Cleveland or the Cavaliers will simply have too much momentum and steam.
Expect Toronto to put up a fight here, but ultimately in the end, the Cavaliers are too much.
Cleveland in 5 or 6
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