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(0-1) Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0)
Eastern Conference Round 2: Game 2
Date: Wednesday May 3
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers -350, Raptors +290
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 214
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Game 1 looked a little to close to G1 of last year’s conference finals for Raptors fans.
There were moments you could see how they might be able to hang with the champs but they just didn’t have enough counters and Cleveland kept on coming.
Cleveland definitely did not show much rust in the opening game. They surged to a big first quarter lead and were not really challenged much in the second half.
If the Raptors were hoping to put some fear in the Cavs in G1 it was pretty much a fail. They can still make the series interesting if they come back in G2.
Toronto knew coming into the series that it was not going to be easy but I think they thought they have bridged the gap between them and the Cavs a little bit. What we saw is that this group has essentially no margin for error unless the Cavs are off their game.
For Toronto to get back in the series they need a really big game from one of their stars – either Derozan or Lowry. Neither were terrible but in G1 but they need someone who repeatedly answers when the Cavs are about to go on a run.
After getting trounced by Milwaukee the Raptors made changes to their lineup inserting Norm Powell. I am not sure that specific move helps them as much in this series but you have to wonder if they might give it a try, just to play a little quicker.
The Raptors need someone from their bench to step up too.
The bench points look better than they really were because of a meaningless fourth quarter but when the game was really in the balance they got nothing from anyone other than PJ Tucker.
The Raptors have to get over the deja vu feeling they must be having. If they are not too shell shocked I expect a much better outing in G2.
Any concerns about rust were quelled early in G1 as the Cavs went on a 10-0 run after falling down 3-0. G1 was not a perfect game but that wasn’t required to get the W.
LeBron was LeBron with 35 points and 10 rebound. He is such a treat to watch for his speed and ability to dominate while also being unselfish.
Not to be underrated is the role that Tristan Thompson plays rebounding the ball. He only had four offensive rebounds but they are killers.
Kyrie Irving did not have a bad game but he was more of a factor in the first half. Once they got the lead he kind of throttled down but that is the player he is. When they need him he usually rises to the occasion.
The bench came up big for the Cavs against Indiana but in G1 it was the starters. Its not that the bench was bad they just weren’t as needed.
Cleveland definitely landed a jab and an uppercut on Monday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 Conference Semifinals games.
- Under is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 8-1 in Cavaliers last 9 home games.
- Over is 5-1 in Cavaliers last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Free Game 2 Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
The results of G1 moved up the spread and the total, no surprise there. I thought the Raptors would show up for the opener but I am a little disheartened by the result.
I think the best bet for G2 might be the total. If the Cavs win they probably get well over hundred points again and the Raptors are going to have to score to keep it close.
4* Free NBA Game 1 Betting Pick: Over 213.5
Look for Toronto to actually make some shots in this one and keep it relatively close too.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 111 – Toronto 106
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