Free NBA Picks: Raptors Will Take The Win Against Cavaliers

Charles Stark

Friday, February 26, 2016 12:11 PM GMT

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 12:11 PM GMT

NBA odds makers have this game really tight between the Cavs and Raptors which should be a tremendous game from start to finish, but which team has the edge?

Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland is averaging 103.1 points per game and rank fifth in the NBA in both efficiency and effective field goal percentage.  For them it is all about tempo. In their last five wins against the Hornets, Thunder, Bulls, Lakers, and Kings the Cavs got up at least 90 attempts per game.  As we break them down on that aspect it seems that is the magic number for them and they are very difficult to beat when they are able to push pace.  However, in their three losses against the Pistons, Celtics and Hornets they average well under this number of attempts.  Toronto is one of the best in the league in limiting attempts, and although this is not foolproof it should be strategy they focus on tonight to get the win. Let's review the NBA odds now!

 

Toronto Raptors
The Raptors defensively rank fifth in defensive scoring and sixth allowing opponents to shoot just 47.2% on their two point shots.  The key for tonight’s game though, as mentioned above, I believe Toronto controlling the pace and tempo of the game from start to finish.   The Raptors rank third in the NBA allowing opponents just 81.8 attempts per game, and rank fourth with opponents making 36.2 of those.  Offensively they can score ranking fifth in the NBA in shooting efficiency highlighted by shooting 36.6% from beyond the arc which ranks third in the league.  It will be all about tempo tonight.  The team that controls it best will win and tonight that team will be the Raptors. Add the Raptors as your NBA pick tonight

 

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NBA Pick: Raptors +1.5
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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