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67-25 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors 64-34
Round 3: Game 3
Date: Saturday May 21st, 2016
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -5
NBA Betting Total: 198
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Game 3 could really put a dagger into this Raptors team, coming off a 108-89 game 2 loss.
The Raptors started off hot again in game 2, but could not keep things rolling.
The Cleveland Cavs did not shoot the ball well for most of the game, but was able to outlast the Raptors.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had another stellar performance, mostly on the defensive end of the floor.
The Cavs held the Raptors to under 90 points and to only a 40% field goal percentage. The Cavs were led by Lebron James who had a magnificent triple-double, his 15th postseason triple-double.
Lebron posted 23 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 11 assists in only 33 minutes of play. Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring with 26 points and he also held Kyle Lowry to only 10 points in the ball game.
Tristian Thompson was a big part of the win with 12 total rebounds and 9 points, and Kevin Love posted 19 points.
In order for the Cavs to win game 3, they need to just play how they have been.
But most importantly they need to stay calm and collected on the road. They have played well on the road (4-0) so far this playoffs, but they need to cross the Canadian border with their mind focused on ending the series this weekend.
The Cavaliers need to get better looks from behind the arc as they had another game of less than 10 three point field goals made, something we weren’t used to seeing this playoffs.
Overall, the Cavs just need to look to stay healthy in Toronto and they’ll come out top.
The Toronto Raptors had another tough night in Cleveland on Thursday. They did not seem to get things rolling after starting hot in the first half.
The Cavs made a big run going into halftime and there was no looking back. Another poor game from Kyle Lowry with only 10 points and 6 assists was a big factor in the game; he cannot seem to get rolling this series.
DeMar DeRozan had a solid night, with 22 points and 5 rebounds, but 32 points out of your star players is not enough to win against this Cavs team.
Bismack Biyombo seemed nonexistent last night after playing the Cavs very hard in game 1.
In order for the Raptors to win game 3 at home, they will need Kyle Lowry to step his game up.
He needs to fuel this Raptors team. With Dellavedova going down with a twisted ankle on Thursday, you can expect Irving to play a lot of minutes.
Lowry will need to go at him all night to wear him down. Also the status of Valacinunas seems doubted, but not counted out yet, that would be a big lift inside for the Raptors.
Also, the Raptors need to rely on that crazy Canadian crowd to lift them to an Eastern Conference Final win at home.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 48-23 in CLE last 71 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Under is 7-2 in TOR last 9 vs. NBA Central.
- TOR are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- TOR are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Sat. games.
- Under is 21-5-1 in the last 27 meetings in Toronto.
- CLE are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Toronto.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The best thing that could happen in this one is Lebron James forgetting to catch the flight.
This series seems to be all but over, but this is the deciding game right now. If the Raptors do not come out and smack Cleveland in the mouth in the beginning it’s going to be a long night.
Look for the same things to happen in this one, the Cavs will look to score a lot of points in transition and spread the wealth throughout the game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -5
I’m looking for the Cavs to take game 3 on the road; they’ll win handily, but look for this Toronto team to play a little tougher in front of their home crowd.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 106 Toronto 94
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