NBA Picks: Back Cavaliers In Big Eastern Conference Game At Raptors

Joe Gavazzi

Monday, December 5, 2016 6:43 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 6:43 PM UTC

It's the two best teams in the Eastern Conference in the game of the night Monday as Cleveland visits Toronto. These rivals have met twice already this season with the Cavaliers recording a 94-91 road victory and a 121-117 win in Cleveland.  It's a pick'em on Heritage NBA odds.

Cleveland Cavaliers At Toronto Raptors

The Cavaliers visit the Raptors with 1st place in the Eastern Conference at stake.  This has come to be because the Cavs (13-5 SU) hold a one-game edge over the Raptors’ 14-6 SU, following divergent results recently. Toronto enters this matchup on a 6-game winning streak, while Cleveland has lost 3 consecutive.

The Raptors continue to be led by their strong backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.  The 6-game winning streak is strong, but a quick look at the schedule shows us that the last 5 victories have come either against sub-.500 teams or clubs who are “banged up.”   The results, nonetheless, have been impressive.  The last 4 of the victories have come against Philly by 27, Memphis by 15, the Lakers by 33 and Atlanta by 44 points.  In those 4 games, Toronto has averaged 121 PPG.   Can the Dinos keep their roll going against the defending champs?

Even with all hands on deck, the Cavs played miserably in 3 losses last week.  It began with a 118-101 loss to a somewhat improved Milwaukee team.  Two nights later, the Cavs were embarrassed on their home court by the Clippers (113-94) and on Saturday they dropped a 111-105 decision in Chicago.  Cleveland was outrebounded in all 3 defeats.  It allowed a combined 176 points on the interior.  The opinion of this bureau is that it is time for a Cleveland bounce-back, perhaps the addition of one of their best perimeter shooters, Mike Dunleavy, who has missed the previous 2 defeats while under concussion protocol, will be the boost the Cavs need.

From a technical perspective, it has been historically profitable on NBA odds in competitively priced games to PLAY AGAINST a foe that comes off a division loss in its previous game.  That is even stronger if our team (Cleveland) is coming off a road loss and if, in the loss, it allowed 110 or more points.  With that over 70% technical situation on our side, we comfortably back the defending champs to reverse their recent losing streak, while sending a message that they are still the best team in the Eastern Conference.

NBA Free Pick: Cavaliers at pick'emBest Line Offered: Heritage

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