Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors (By: Miyagi)
Toronto tied its franchise record for three-pointers made with their 21 (21/40, 52.5%) against the Heat yesterday, in what was the second consecutive game that they scored 125 or more points and as a result, their second straight win after a couple of loses.
Although the Raptors are on back to back games, Lowry was their only player that stayed on the court for more than 30 minutes in that easy win against the Heat yesterday (125-104), while Kawhi took the day off and is expected to return to the starting lineup today.
The Cavaliers also faced the Heat in their last game but they suffered a double-digit loss (126-110) which was the third in their last 4 games.
Toronto's defense has been very efficient in their last games as they allowed 105 points on average despite the fact that they faced teams that are on a roll like the Heat and the Rockets. On the other side, the Cavs are doing slightly better offensively in their last 3 games, averaging 108 points while they faced teams with solid defenses like the Heat and the Magic.
Raptors will play their 3rd match in 4 days and they are on the second game of a back to back set. Despite their great performance against the Heat yesterday, it would be surprising if they manage to shoot the ball that well again today even though they face a team that is quite bad in defending from the perimeter. The Cavs are using a very slow pace in their home games, averaging just about 100 possessions per game (worst in the league) and I don't think it's in Toronto's best interest to force a higher tempo and a fast pace, either way, they won't have trouble breaking down the Cavs' defense in set-plays.
I think this game will have a very low score just like in Toronto's first visit to Cleve this season (106-95).
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors predictions
|Under 223.5||Pinnacle||1.88||9||126-101 LOST (-9 units)|
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).