The Cleveland Cavaliers are in Toronto for a matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors sit three games back from the first place Cavaliers and are riding a three game win streak. The Cavaliers have won six of their last seven and they lost their last meeting in Toronto 99-103. According to the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors 2016 NBA Odds at Bodog Basketball, the Cavaliers are -1.5 point road favs over the Raptors with the total at 208.5. Here is our Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors 2016 NBA prediction.
The Cavaliers (41-15, 17-10 V) beat the Charlotte Hornets 114-103. Newly acquired Channing Frye made four 3-pointers and scored 15 points off the bench, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 23 points. They had their first 40-point quarter of the season. Iman Shumpert missed his third game with a sprained left shoulder, although the Cavs are hopeful he can return to practice.
Frye is still adjusting to his move to Cleveland both on and off the court. “It took me a little bit to get used to being open like that,” Frye said. “When they start yelling at you to shoot the ball, you just have to say, ‘Screw it’ and start shooting.”
“For Channing, he’s going to do a lot of catch and shoot. And that’s a big weapon for us. He’s going to be guarded by a lot of bigs, so that gives us an opportunity to keep a lot of the bigs out of the paint. And he can spread the floor, so that helps.”
The Raptors (38-18, 20-6 H) beat the Minnesota Timberwolves at home 114-105. DeMar DeRozan led the scoring with 31 points, 18 in the second half. Kyle Lowry scored 21 points. Corey Joseph scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors. Reserve center Bismack Biyombo had 11 rebounds and six points.
“We executed, we got the stops we needed to,” DeRozan said. “We got buckets when we needed to but they fought extremely hard. Nothing came easy.”
Cory Joseph is 16-of-25 from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, in the last three games.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto.
Under is 20-5-1 in the last 26 meetings in Toronto.
Road team is 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
Underdog is 12-3 ATS in the last 15 meetings.
Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Cavaliers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
The Bottom Line: the Raptors will cover and get the win because they are on home court. If it was the other way around, the Cavs would take the win.