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(2-0) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors (0-2)
Eastern Conference Round 1: Game 3
Date: Friday May 5
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavs -143, Raptors +115
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -2
NBA Betting Total: Off
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Over the first couple of games the Raptors have been living their nightmare watching LeBron James dominate and role players drain three from all angles. It is very similar to what we saw in G1 and G2 of the conference finals a year ago.
The Raptors recovered to win back to back home games in that series but the feeling around the club has to be pretty low right now. It is hard to see what they are going to do to stem the tide but they have to play better in some way.
The Cavs have been very impressive in beating up on Toronto over the first couple of games. The margin of victory was even greater in G2 and when this team is hitting shots like they have been over the first couple of games I don’t know how you beat them.
The Cavs hit their first eight threes in G2 and once they built a lead they refused to let go. They were essentially playing the game with a 10+ point working margin and any time the Raptors made a couple of buckets in a row, they answered.
It is interesting how a player like Channing Frye, someone with basically one skill suddenly is super valuable when placed in the right system. The dude made 56% of his three in last year’s playoffs and this season is making 52%.
Trading buckets with the Cavs becomes a losing cause at those kinds of rates.
Cleveland won with ease even though it is was not a great night for Kyrie Irving, shooting 6 for.
He did make half this three though and dished out 11 assists. Any game he outscored Kyle Lowry is likely to be a win for the Cavs
Cleveland is on a roll having won six straight playoff games. Similar to their star player they are looking very much like a freight train that nobody really want to get in front of.
Toronto might have made a change to the starting lineup, putting Norm Powell and Patrick Patterson in there in place of Demare Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas but the results were more of the same in G1 as the Raptors had no answers for the Cavs.
JV did come off the bench and was effective leading the team with 23 points but it was obvious that the Cavs strategy was to dare him to the be offensive leader.
That is out of character for Toronto so I guess it worked. Carroll was a non factor and more and more is looking not strong enough physically to answer the bell.
In the last game DeMar Derozan was a now show. He missed his first nine shots from the field and only scored 8 points. The second time in the playoffs he has thrown up a dud. While I am a fan he is not elevating his game in the playoffs the ways that stars are supposed to.
The Raptors need a command performance from Derozan and they also need a healthy Lowry in the lineup.
He was very good early in G2 but suffered an ankle injury and is questionable. Toronto won a lot without him during the regular season but that is going to be hard to continue now.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-0 in Cavaliers last 7 Friday games.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 Conference Semifinals games.
- Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
- Over is 5-1 in Raptors last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free Game 3 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Last year the Raptors showed a pulse at home but having seen this for a second year in a row I am more worried this time around. This series could easily be a sweep.
The number shows the Cavs need only win by a bucket too, in general terms that is great value against almost any team in the league.
4* Free NBA Game 3 Betting Pick: Cavaliers -2
I really want to the Raps to win and make this a series am not my rational mind sees that happening.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 105 – Toronto 100
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