Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers vs Raptors Lines
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(13-5) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors (14-6)
Date: Monday December 5
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
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These are the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is on top and Toronto is trying to prove they have bridged the gap after last year’s playoff elimination.
Cleveland is in a funk having lost their last three game. They have beaten Toronto both times this year though.
Toronto is playing some strong ball right now, they have won 6 straight and covered each time.
The Cavs have lost three in a row. All losses have been of the upset variety as the offense has been off, they have not reached their average of 110ppg in any of those contests.
I think this can accurately be defined as a funk as the team has not been overwhelmed with injuries or something similar.
It is hard to pin losses on LeBron too. His numbers are not great over the last three but sometimes once the writing is on the wall they really scale back his minutes to keep him fresh.
Kyrie Irving has taken the mantle as the top scorer on the team. That has given him the ability to shoot the team in and out of games. He is not always the most team oriented player too.
Kevin Love is having his best season since coming to Cleveland averaging more than 20ppg. In the recent losing streak his numbers have been down too and it is easy for him to get lost for stretches.
Both games between Cleveland and Toronto have been close this season. There is no reason to think this one won’t be too.
After some struggles on the road the Raptors caught fire and brought it home with them. Over the last two they have been especially good winning by 33 and 44 points respectively.
DeMar DeRozan was the early story scoring and is averaging a career best 27ppg. However it has been Kyle Lowry who has been the big star of late. He has been phenomenal shooting the ball over the last couple of weeks, making more than half of his threes.
The backcourt are the engine of this team, especially scoring wise and they will have to be on their game to beat Cleveland.
Also key will be Demare Carroll who will get the most time guarding LeBron. His health seems to be getting better and better and his shooting too. You can’t stop LeBron so he needs to score some to even things up.
Scoring is going to be key so it is good that top reserves Patrick Patterson and Terrence Ross are rolling. They scored 32 points in their recent win over Atlanta and are nailing their threes.
Center Jonas Valanciunas was a no show against Atlanta. He can and probably has to be better for them to win, though Lucas Nogueira is coming off a career game.
The Raptors are looking to make sure that Cleveland knows they are going to have some competition in the East. Right now they are tied atop the East standings.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavaliers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
Raptors are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Raptors are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
It is showing a lot of respect to the Cavs to make them the favourite here based on recent results. The spread is small so that should draw some action and the best time to back Toronto might be as close to game time as possible.
I guess I should have led with the fact that I am saying take Toronto here. They are rolling and get the Cavs as low as you can probably get them during the regular season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto Raptors +1.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 103 – Toronto 96
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