Oddsmakers Certain Raptors Will Succumb To Cavaliers Once More

Charles Stark

Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:05 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 19, 2016 12:05 PM UTC

NBA odds have once again made Cleveland a double-digit home favorite because right now they look unstoppable. Will Toronto be able to put up a better fight tonight?

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA odds makers have come out making Toronto a +12 underdog like at Pinnacle sports -102. For one of my NBA picks I'm going to back the Toronto Raptors in this spot to have a major bounce back game. I doubt they will be able to beat Cleveland at Cleveland but I expect for them to play a much better game tonight in this game two.


Toronto Raptors
In game one Toronto shot 42% from the field and just 21% from distance while turning over the ball 14 times that led to 19 Cleveland Cavalier points. A lot can be said about Cleveland and how well they played but at the same time I don't think Toronto played very well either. One surprising fact that was noted was that neither Kyle Lowry nor DeMar DeRozan got to the free-throw line in game one. Of course that wasn't the deciding factor but Toronto knows they can play a much better basketball game so you can anticipate that tonight.

One simple problem is they allowed way too much penetration with Cleveland getting to the rack for 56 points compared to Toronto at just 36. Not only that but without Jonas Valanciunas they got outrebounded 54-35. Those two areas Toronto can and will improve in game two. Cleveland did play really well but Toronto is much better than what they showed and tonight I expect for them to stop transition a lot better by stopping the ball after he gets passed half-court and for them to be flying around on defense. Also, Lowry had a horrible shooting night as well as most of the starters so expect that to turn around also.

Cleveland Cavaliers
In game one the Cavaliers shot 55% from the field and 35% from distance while only getting up 74 attempts for the game. That was probably the most surprising thing for me that Cleveland was so tremendously efficient against what has been normally a very good Toronto defense. They did exactly what they wanted and kept attacking all night in the paint getting easy layup after easy layup. Again though, don't expect Toronto just to let Cleveland walk-through them again.

This is a great combination for them of Toronto not shooting the ball particularly well along with their own ability to pick up a lot of rebounds and extra shots. Cleveland did however have 17 turnovers which is a bit surprising considering the amount of attempts they got up total. To me this is one of those cases in which everything went right for the home team and everything wrong for the visitors. Expect Cleveland to win but for Toronto to stay within single digits.

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Free NBA Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -12.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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