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Toronto Raptors (59-23 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32)
Eastern Conference Playoffs: Round 2 – Game 3
Date: Saturday May 5
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds:
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 216
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LeBron James took over Game 2 in Toronto all but dashing the hopes of the team North of the border as the Cleveland Cavaliers took a stranglehold on the series 2-0.
Psychologically LeBron James owns the Toronto Raptors. When five bunnies wouldn’t drop in Game 1 for the Raptors to capture the victory perhaps that was the basketball Gods giving fair warning.
Through two games Serge Ibaka has been all but invisible. He hasn’t even registered copious personal fouls which is something he could offer if he was aggressively invested in the game. His disappearance only punctuates the defensive issues Toronto is having against the Cavaliers.
Dwane Casey seemingly threw in the towel stating Toronto needed to play for pride. However, in practice Friday, this message was massaged to say he meant they needed to play with more grit, physicality and pride in their games.
The only way the Raptors can salvage some semblance of pride is to win one game in Cleveland, then take it one game at a time.
Fred VanVleet (shoulder) still doesn’t look 100 percent, but is one of the few Raptors who at least vocally isn’t impressed by how the media is viewing the Raptors after the two losses. Expect a big game from the youngster in Cleveland.
LeBron James stated his Game 1 performance was his worst of the season. In Game 2 he showed the Raptors what he meant as he repeatedly connected on fall away jumpers from all areas of the court. The crazy thing is rookie OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam haven’t done a bad job guarding the King, he’s just been that good.
Through two games JR Smith has collected a single personal foul guarding the Raptors best player DeMar DeRozan. Even accounting for a friendly whistle it either speaks to Smith raising his game to an all defensive level or DeRozan not being aggressive enough.
With the Raptors focusing much more attention on LeBron James and Serge Ibaka mailing in his effort Kevin Love had a spectacular Game 2. It’s one thing to let James beast (43-14-8) but allowing Love to garner a double-double of 31-11 is a recipe for disaster.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-1 in Raptors last 9 games as a road underdog.
- Raptors are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10
- Cavaliers are 8-2 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 7-3 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
For the first time in the series the Cavaliers become the favorite which isn’t surprising. This game is difficult to pick because everything points to the Raptors losing given how poorly they’ve played in Cleveland and where they are psychologically. However, this is also a team who tends to perform best with their backs against the wall. Toronto is the only team in the NBA who didn’t lose three games in a row all season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -4.5
That said, I’ve lost faith in Toronto and they’ll need to prove it to me before I trust they can make it a series.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 112 – Raptors 105
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