The Cleveland Cavaliers have put the kibosh on the Toronto Raptors. But they didn’t beat the NBA odds in Game 4, and they might have trouble the rest of the way.
Thank goodness that’s over with. The Cleveland Cavaliers put the finishing touches on the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon, winning 109-102 to sweep their second-round series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. But what’s this? Cleveland was a 7-point road fave on the NBA odds board before tip-off. No cover for you.
Alas, we had Toronto +6 in our NBA picks for this game, along with 'under' 214.5. We’ll call it a draw. It was pretty much the same formula, although the Cavs “only” went 16-of-41 (39.0 percent) from behind the arc Sunday, and Toronto finally found some corn at 10-of-29 (34.5 percent). Kyle Lowry did not play for the Raptors; he may never play for them again, depending on what happens in free agency. I suspect head coach Dwane Casey will be on the hot seat, too, like he seems to be just about every summer.
But enough about the Raptors. Cleveland now gets another week off to rest and recuperate, just like it did after sweeping the Indiana Pacers in the first round. Their next opponents will be either the Boston Celtics or the Washington Wizards, two teams that underperformed vs. Cleveland during the regular season. It seems like a slam-dunk now, if it didn’t before, that the Cavs will return to the NBA Finals for the third straight season.
LeBron James, starting with Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals:— nick wright (@getnickwright) May 7, 2017
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That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll want to put them in your basketball picks on a day-to-day basis. Game 4 of the Toronto series was a relatively “normal” game for Cleveland, as far as hitting 3-pointers is concerned, and in this case the odds were spot-on. The Cavaliers as a betting commodity are highly dependent on those long-range missiles finding their target. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Bet accordingly, and may the sphere be with you.