Cavs Get Revenge on Raptors for Earlier Beatdown

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Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:47 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 2:47 PM GMT

Toronto touches down in Cleveland after a win over the Magic on Tuesday, but their hosts tonight won’t be as gracious as the Cavaliers are looking for payback from a lopsided loss the last time these teams met. 

Raptors (53-18 SU, 40-31 ATS) at Cavaliers (41-29 SU, 23-46-2 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers -1Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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  • Cleveland is 6-2 ATS versus Toronto over the last eight games played in Cleveland.
  • Toronto is 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.
  • Toronto is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days’ rest.

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The Toronto Raptors have been one of the hottest teams in the league, winning 19 of their last 21, but one of those losses occurred on Sunday when they fell 132-125 to the Thunder as six-point home favorites. However, Toronto rebounded Tuesday with a 93-86 victory over the lowly Magic as 8½ point road chalk, yet failed to cover the number for the third straight game. Kyle Lowry knocked down 25 to lead the way for the Raptors, but it was the defense that truly won the day on a night when the bench brigade held Orlando to just 3-for-19 shooting and forced four turnovers in the final frame to get the win. With All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan getting the night off, Toronto’s franchise record of 23 consecutive games scoring over 100 points was snapped, but Lowry became the first Raptor to make more than 200 three-pointers in a season.

The NBA odds reflected the Cavaliers as three-point home favorites over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, but had it not been for another monster effort by LeBron James, chances are Cleveland would not have covered the number in their 124-117 victory and may have lost the game outright. James went on to score 40 points and notched his third triple-double over the last four games en route to the win, which included 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Cleveland also welcomed All-Star Kevin Love back into the fold, and he bucketed 18 points in his 25-minute return. The Cavaliers have now won three of their last four and have gone 2-2 against the number.

You never really know what you’re going to get with Cleveland this season. Bettors who have backed the Cavs in their NBA picks understand that all too well as Cleveland has been covering at a dismal 33.3 percent. However, Love is back after 21 games on the shelf with a broken hand, and his presence will be a boon. In addition, the Cavs have dominated the Raptors in games played in Cleveland to the tune of 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS.

Granted, this is a different Cleveland team than the one that swept Toronto in last season’s conference semifinals, and Toronto is vastly improved from their 2016-2017 edition. However, LeBron has been a monster and there is no doubt Cleveland has circled this date on their calendar after getting throttled in the first and only meeting this season with the Raptors when they bowed 133-99 in January. But the Cavs are getting healthy, although they will be without Kyle Korver (brother’s passing).

It’s impossible to ignore how dominant LeBron has been recently, and let’s also not forget that Toronto is playing the second leg of a back-to-back in which they are 2-5 ATS over their last seven such instances. Lay the small number and watch the Cavs roll.

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