Making on a bet on this NBA game featuring the Cavaliers versus the Raptors? Tip off is at at 7:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on SN. The game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. The odds for this Eastern conference game currently have the Raptors as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 225 points.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS VS TORONTO RAPTORS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +2.5
This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena at 7:30 ET on Monday, January 1st.
WHY BET THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 126-125 in favor of the Cavaliers.
- Our projections have Donovan Mitchell finishing with Donovan Mitchell points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Cavaliers finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.9% and knocking down 18 threes.
Do the Cavaliers Stand a Chance in Toronto?
As the Cavaliers take on the Raptors, they are the slight 2.5-point underdogs and sit 6th in the Eastern Conference on 18-14. Against other teams in the East, Cleveland has gone 11-8 compared to 7-6 in non-conference games.
Out of their 32 games, the Cavaliers have an over/under record of 16-16, but they have had three straight games finish below the OU lines. Today’s line of 225 is just slightly above their average OU line of 223.6. For the season, 14 of their games have had lower OU lines than 225.
On the road, Cleveland has put together an average scoring margin of +1.3 points per contest compared to -1.1 at home. The Cavs have an 8-5 ATS record on the road, including two straight covers.
Against the spread, Cleveland is 15-15, and they have gone 7-6 as the underdog this season. Their ATS losing streak at home is up to two games, but they have five straight covers on the road.
In their most recent game against the Bucks, the Cavaliers put up 111 points on offense. Overall, they shot 47.6% from the field and hit 6 three-pointers. Donovan Mitchell was the leading scorer for the Cavs with 34 points, while Jarrett Allen added 30 points.
Cleveland’s defense has been playing well, ranking 9th in the NBA with 112.0 points allowed per game. In the terms of takeaways, Cavaliers are causing 13.4 turnovers per game, ranking 19th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 21st in rejections, averaging 4.7 blocked shots each game.
Can the Raptors Lock in a Home Win?
With a record of 12-20, the Raptors will look to pick up a win today as 2.5-point favorites over the Cavaliers. Toronto is also hoping to put an end to their two-game losing streak. If they are able to pull out the win, they will move into 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
Against the spread, the Raptors have struggled a bit recently, going 2-8 vs. the spread in their last 10 games. For the season, they are 8-9 ATS at home.
When playing teams outside of the Eastern Conference, the Raptors have gone 4-3 for the season compared to 8-17 against other teams in the East.
In terms of the over/under results, Toronto has gone 17-15 this season, and the over has hit in each of their last two games. So far, 20 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 225. The average over/under line in their games has been 225.1 points.
Toronto’s offense was impressive in their most recent game, putting up 127 points versus the Pistons. They shot 50.5% from the field and went 23/28 from the free-throw line. Pascal Siakam is leading the team in scoring, averaging 21.9 PPG. Scottie Barnes is also averaging 21 PPG.
At this time, the Raptors’ defense is positioned 17th in the NBA, permitting 115.0 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Raptors are forcing 13 per game, which is 14th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 19th in blocked shots at 4.8 per game.