Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers vs Raptors Lines
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(1-0) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors (1-0)
Date: Friday October 28
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavs -2
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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This is a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference finals, won by Cleveland in 6 games on their way to the title. During the regular season the Raptors played them tough last year.
Cleveland looks very similar to the team that won it all last year.
Toronto has the same core but is missing Bismack Biyombo, an underrated piece of their success.
The Cavs played on opening night and dominated, beating the Knicks by 29 points. It was impressive.
Speaking of impressive LeBron James had a triple double. He was third on the team in scoring but you have to wonder if he might be more cool with letting others lead a little more now that he has brought a title home.
Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 29 points and it definitely looks like he is going to use last year’s playoffs as a springboard to bigger things.
Even though the game wasn’t close the Cavs have to be a little worried by the fact that their bench did not provide much – one game sample.
This season they have added some additional shooting in the form of Mike Dunleavy, who surprised by nabbing a few steals.
He could fill the Mike Miller role that LeBron likes to have around and see some minutes in crunch time.
The Raptors got their season off to a good start with a most easy win over Detroit in their opener on Wednesday night. It was not a perfect performance but their were a lot of positives.
Chief among them was DeMar Derozan, who set a franchise record with 40 points in an opener. For my money he is he best mid range player in the NBA. He is so smooth on pull ups and getting to the rim. Detroit had no answer.
They also had no answer for Jonas Valanciunas, who has 32 points and 11 rebounds. He got Pistons All-Star Andre Drummond in foul trouble early and was a force all game. He looked a lot like the force we saw in the playoffs.
Kyle Lowrt was the only other Raptor to score in double figures – he had 10 points. It was a bad shooting start but with 8 assists and just 2 turnovers not a terrible opener.
Similar to Cleveland the Raptors did not get much from their bench. It is premature to worry as most are holdovers comfortable with their roles.
Thought a shock to those outside the market the Raptors went with rookie Pascal Siakam at PF. He did exactly what was asked with 9 rebounds while shooting 2 for 2 from the field.
The Raptors have as much continuity as any team in the league and it showed in the opener. You have to like them a lot in this one too.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 3-0-1 in Cavaliers last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Under is 3-0-1 in Cavaliers last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Raptors are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 7-1 in Raptors last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Both teams looked good in their openers. This will be the first road game for the Cavs and I think they will be a little uneven as a result, perhaps lacking a little intensity too coming of the championship et al.
Looking for Kyle Lowry to get his game going and lead the the Raptors to a victory.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: UNDER 204.5
Loving Toronto especially if they are a home day, which they very well might be.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 99 – Cleveland 96
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