Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Raptors vs Cavaliers Lines
Looking for Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers free playoff picks? NBA betting sees the Raptors taking on the Cavaliers on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball playoff matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
Round 3: Game 1
Date: Tuesday May 17
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cleveland -725; Toronto +525
NBA Betting Odds: Cleveland -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 201.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors will certainly be coming in with different energy levels, as the two teams meet in the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Cleveland has played just 8 games this postseason, while the Raptors have played 14.
The Raptors certainly haven’t made things easy on themselves this postseason.
Toronto comes into this one after playing back to back 7 game series’. They had a pair of opportunities against the Pacers and Raptors to close things out in Game 6, but failed to steal a road win in both occasions.
However, home court flipped the script and they handled business in both Game 7s and now find themselves in the Eastern Conference Finals as huge underdogs.
Toronto is listed at almost 7-1 to beat the Cavaliers and the key for them will be getting center Jonas Valanciunas healthy. He is expected to miss Games 1 and 2 in Cleveland, with a possible return in Toronto for Game 3.
Bismack Biyombo had a huge role in Game 7 against Miami and will be a huge key in Games 1 and 2 against Cleveland as he’ll be on Tristan Thompson, who has dominated the offensive boards.
Rest is certainly on the side of the Cavaliers right now.
They swept away Detroit and then did the same to the Hawks, giving them plenty of time off in between series’. That’s good news for them as health was a major problem for them last year. Not even counting Love’s injury last year because of how it happened, both Irving and James were taxed come Finals time.
Shooting 3’s has been the theme for the Cavaliers. In Game 4 against the Hawks, Kevin Love sat behind the arc the entire game and got hot early on. Cleveland has continued to set records in terms of made 3 pointers.
With Valanciunas down, Thompson could be a wild card in this series. Biyombo is tough, but Thompson should be able to pick him apart on the glass, given more versatility.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Raptors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Raptors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Cavaliers are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
The Raptors have to be at least a little fed up at all the negativity around them.
Almost nobody is giving them a chance here. Look for them to come out a bit inspired here in Game 1, as they try to steal the momentum early on.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +10.5
They keep this one close, ultimately fall in the end, but still give themselves reasons for hope going forward in the series.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 108- Toronto 103
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