Free NBA Pick: Raptors vs Cavaliers
Looking for Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Raptors taking on the Cavs on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(7-2) Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8-1)
Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: CLE – 5.5
NBA Betting Total: 211
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Tuesday night features a marquee matchup between two legitimate Eastern Conference contenders.
Yes, the East is clearly the Cavs’ to lose, but if anybody’s going to push them in the postseason, Toronto looks like that group.
If there were ever any questions about whether or not DeMar DeRozan was going to earn his massive offseason pay raise, the 2-guard has answered to start the 2016-17 season.
Through nine games, DeRozan is leading the league in scoring at 34 points per contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first player since Michael Jordan to score at least 30 points in eight of his nine first games.
Nobody’s going to claim that DeRozan is the second coming of His Airness, but what he’s doing is special — especially considering he still doesn’t have a three-point shot to his name.
As a team, Toronto is averaging 105,3 points per game. That’s good enough for 15th in the NBA.
Defensively, this group is allowing 99.2 points per contest. That’s good enough for eighth in the Association.
Against Cleveland, defending the three-point line is going to be crucial. The Cavs are hiring away from long range at a historic rate, so if you can either force Cleveland into the mid range or make them shoot inefficiently from deep, you’ll be in decent shape.
Led by LeBron James, the Cavaliers have jumped out to a league-best 8-1 start.
While James is the clear-cut heart and soul (not to mention major producer) of this team, the cast of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, etc. has this team ready to compete for another championship.
Love, in particular, has stepped up his game this season. After two seasons of wondering how well he fits in, he’s looking like the Love of old that made a name for himself back in Minnesota.
He’s averaging 20.6 points and 10 rebounds per night.
As a whole, Cleveland is averaging 109.4 points per contest. That’s good enough for third in the NBA.
Defensively, the Cavs are giving up 102 points per game. That’s good enough for a 10th place tie with the Milwaukee Bucks, as of this writing.
Against Toronto, the key is to contain the backcourt. We’ve already discussed what DeRozan is doing, but the team relies on point guard Kyle Lowry to make plays.
When those two are rolling, so are the Raptors. When they’re struggling…so are the Raptors.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Cavaliers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Cavaliers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Cavaliers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Cavaliers are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Look for the Raptors to come out and have another great game behind DeRozan.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: TOR ATS
If DeRozan has another 30-plus-point showing and Lowry is playing well alongside him, don’t be shocked to see the Raptors get a win against the spread as well as straight up.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 103 – Cavaliers 99
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