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2021 NBA Handicapping
(5-4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors (6-3)
Date: Friday, November 5th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers +200 | Raptors -240 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -6
NBA Betting Total: 212.5
Friday, November 5th, finds the Cleveland Cavaliers tipping off versus the Toronto Raptors in their first meeting of the 2021-22 season.
The match features arguably the two frontrunners to win the Rookie of the Year title. Scottie Barnes missed the last two games with a sprained thumb but has made an early impression.
Likewise, Evan Mobley has been transcendent for the Cavaliers, and while he needs to gain size his presence is impacting opponents already on the defensive side of the floor.
Many expected the Cavaliers would be lottery-bound again but they’ve been a pleasant surprise with rookie Evan Mobley being a decided difference and his presence beside Jarrett Allen in the frontcourt meshing well.
Lauri Markkanen playing at the small forward is another matter altogether but perhaps with more time head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will be able to tweak that chemistry.
The backcourt is another intriguing situation with Darius Garland playing well and the presence of veteran Ricky Rubio adding stability and leadership.
As per usual, Collin Sexton is content to attack and score but he remains the biggest question mark on the roster given his demands for a max deal.
It seems the Cavaliers brain trust don’t envision Sexton as a max player and it won’t be surprising if he’s in the mix at the trade deadline. That’s a fair assessment because Sexton is perfect to be a Sixth Man but it’s a matter of convincing the youngster that’s where his niche is.
The Cavs’ wins aren’t of the lottery team variety having defeated the Hawks, Nuggets, Clippers, Hornets, and Blazers. The latter, an impressive match they held onto to take 107-104 giving them four wins in their last six matches.
Jarrett Allen (24 points, 17 rebounds), Darius Garland (19 points, 11 assists), and Evan Mobley (11 points, 11 rebounds) all produced double-doubles in the victory.
There are three unbeaten road teams including the Wolves (who’ve only played one road game) Warriors (3-0), and Raptors (4-0). The win in Washington provided the fourth Raptors road win and fifth win in a row overall.
That they are accomplishing this without Pascal Siakam, Yuta Watanabe and Scottie Barnes (in the last two matches) makes this streak all the more impressive.
In their absence, it’s been a balanced team effort but undoubtedly OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet are the head of the club taking over when the team needs a bucket and providing leadership for the young team.
Following up on the big win in New York once again it was this young veteran duo who led the way. VanVleet registered a season-high 33 points along with three rebounds, six assists, a steal, and a block.
Anunoby offered 21 points, five rebounds, an assist, three steals, and a block. Svi Mykhailiuk and Gary Trent Jr. each chipped in 15 points.
Ultimately, the Raptors won the perimeter shooting 40% (10 of 25) while also defending the 3-ball well holding Washington to 25% (8 of 32).
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 8-2 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Hopefully, Barnes is back for this matchup as it offers an exciting sidebar with the two best rookies (to this point) facing each other.
It also presents a compelling style difference with the Raptors using predominantly 6’9″ players while the Cavs feature two 7 footers, 6’11 Lauri Markkanen. and 7’5″ Tacko Fall.
The last time these teams played Collin Sexton got into Fred VanVleet’s face which his teammates took great exception to. VanVleet was just returning from a bout with COVID so the actions coming from another lottery team player seemed unnecessary and in poor taste.
Throughout the second half, Sexton clapped in the Raptors’ faces after each bucket and continued to trash talk VanVleet and the Raptors bench.
Afterward, VanVleet played it off calling Sexton a talented player but delivered a subtle shot stating I don’t judge men on how they play I judge them on their character.
No doubt, this is a date a few returning players had circled on the calendar so watch for the VanVleet – Sexton matchup.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -6
Normally I’d lean toward the height advantage of the Cavs especially with the Raptors short-handed — but something tells me this Sexton revenge game has been brewing all summer for VanVleet and the Raptors.
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