Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors Prediction

by | Mar 24, 2022 | nba

Cleveland Cavaliers (41-31 SU, 39-29-4 ATS) vs. Toronto Raptors (40-32 SU, 40-31-1 ATS)

When: Thursday March 24 2022, 07:30 PM (ET)

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario

TV: BSOH

Point Spread: CLE +4/TOR -4 (Opened TOR -3.5 at MyBookie - Use bonus code PREDICT100 and they’ll give you a 100% real cash bonus up to $300!)

Total: 214.5 (Opened at 214.5)

Money Line: Cleveland Cavaliers 138/Toronto Raptors -167

Power Rating: TOR -3

Probable Starting Lineups

Cleveland Cavaliers PG Darius Garland, SG Isaac Okoro, SF Lamar Stevens, PF Lauri Markkanen, C Evan Mobley

Toronto Raptors PG Fred VanVleet, SG Gary Trent Q, SF Scottie Barnes, PF O.G. Anunoby Q, C Pascal Siakam

Key Injuries

Cleveland Cavaliers
Rajon Rondo: Ankle (OUT)
Dean Wade: Knee (OUT)
Jarrett Allen: Finger (OUT)
Collin Sexton: Knee (OUT)

Toronto Raptors
Gary Trent Jr.: Toe (QUESTIONABLE)
Malachi Flynn: Hamstring (OUT)
OG Anunoby: Finger (OUT)
David Johnson: Knee (OUT)

The Toronto Raptors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 07:30 PM ET at the Scotiabank Arena.

Recent Form

The Cleveland Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 41-31, placing them 6th in the Eastern Conference. On the season, Cleveland has won exactly half of their 36 road matchups, sitting at 18-18. Over their last five games, the Cavaliers have played well, picking up 3 wins. During this stretch, Cleveland is averaging 117.0 points per game, 10.0 points more than their season average of 107.4. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 110.0 points per contest. Even though Cleveland has been picking up wins, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 117.0 points per game, up from the Cavaliers’ usual rate of 104.6. In the Cleveland Cavaliers’ most recent game, the team fell to the LA Lakers by a score of 131-120.

The Toronto Raptors come into this game with an overall record of 40-32, placing them 7th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Toronto is above .500 at home, holding a record of 17-16. The Raptors have played well over their last five games, picking up 3 wins. In this stretch, Toronto’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 106.0 points per game. Combined, the Raptors’ last five opponents are giving up 111.0 points per contest. The Raptors have been picking up victories while holding opponents to an average of 106.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 107.3. In the Toronto Raptors’ most recent game, the team fell to Chicago by a score of 113-99.

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Individual Player Analysis

As Cleveland travels to take on the Toronto Raptors, the Cavaliers’ leading scorer is Darius Garland. Through 59 games, Garland is averaging 21 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 54.0% of his games. Against the Raptors, Garland will need to be on top of his game as Toronto is allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their average in 41.0% of their games, placing them in the top 10. On the other side, Pascal Siakam leads the Raptors in scoring, averaging 22 points across his 60 games. Throughout the season, Siakam has outscored his season average in 47.0% of his outings. However, if he hopes to add to this total, Siakam will need to do so against a Cavaliers defense that has been tough on their opponent’s top scorers. So far, leading scores have surpassed their season average at a rate of just 43.64%. This figure is good for a rank of 7th in the league.

Matchup Analysis

The Raptors come into this game as the more efficient offensive team, averaging 108.4 points per 100 possessions. When playing as the superior offensive unit, Toronto is winning at a rate of 44%. These wins are coming by an average margin of 9.0 points. On the other side, the Cavaliers hold the advantage on the defensive end of the floor. So far, they have played 30 games as the better defensive team, picking up 17 wins.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors have met up for 3 games. In their last meeting, Cleveland picked up a 104-96 win.

How the Public is Betting the Cavaliers vs Raptors

67% are betting the Raptors against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 215.0

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Cavaliers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home.
  • Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
  • Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
  • Raptors are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games following a straight up loss.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Tonight’s game between Cleveland and Toronto features the 6th and 7th seeded teams in the Eastern Conference, respectively. With a win, the Raptors would move into a tie with the Cavs at 6, which would put them in a position to avoid the play-in tournament come end of the season. Both teams will be looking to get back on track after dropping their last game. With the spread sitting at 4 points in favor of the Raptors, I like the Cavs to cover the spread, in what should be a back and forth matchup. Bankroll running low? Get up to $500 in free bets by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus offer on your first deposit of $100 to $500 at GTBets Sportsbook!