LeBron James and the Cavaliers just dominated the Celtics last night and now head on the road to take on a much tougher challenge in Toronto. Who are the NBA odds favoring tonight?
The Cavaliers are on a roll, so we understand why NBA odds have priced them out as 4.5-point favorites. We'll continue to monitor the odds throughout the day, as we wouldn't be surprised to see that line move even more in Cleveland's favor. After all, the Cavs are playing as well as they have all season, while the Raptors have been going through their roughest stretch.
The total for tonight is currently listed at 203. Both teams have excelled offensively, ranking in the top 10 in points per scored per game.
The Raptors were finally able to get back to their winning ways the other day, albeit against one of the worst teams in the NBA in Philadelphia. Coming into that game, they had dropped five in a row, so a victory was very much needed, especially with LeBron and company coming into town. A boost of confidence can never hurt.
DeMar DeRozan went off in the win over the 76ers, scoring 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting while adding nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. He had been struggling just like the entire Toronto team, so his explosion couldn't have come at a better time. He had to take over with Kyle Lowry sidelined, with Greivis Vasquez picking up the starting and filling in admirably too. As a team Toronto shot 51.3 percent from the floor, while nailing 11 threes in all.
Now the Raptors head back at home, where they're 21-10 on the year, to take on one of the hottest teams in the league. It's going to take a massive all-around effort to grab a win, even in front of what should be a very supportive and loud crowd.
After consecutive road losses against Indiana and then Houston, the Cavaliers responded in a big way in a dominant victory over Boston last night. The game was over early, with Cleveland racing out to a 25-point lead by halftime and never looking back. Final score? 110-79 in favor of the Cavaliers.
LeBron James made quick work of the Celtics, finishing with 27 points, five assists, three rebounds, three steals and a block in only 26 minutes of action. No Cleveland starter played more than 26 minutes in the rout, meaning tiredness shouldn't be a factor whatsoever for this road game in Toronto. No worries about a back-to-back situation here.
The return of Kyrie Irving, after missing a couple games, has only made Cleveland stronger, and Irving should be in for another big game against a Toronto team that could be without Lowry. That would mean Irving would be matched up with Vasquez, a matchup he would most likely dominate. Throw in an unstoppable LeBron and Kevin Love, and it's hard not to like the Cavs in this situation. Stranger things have happened in the NBA, however.
The NBA is all about momentum. The Raptors haven't been playing very well at all, while the Cavaliers are turning on the jets and starting to dominate.
Taking that into account, we're going to ride the Cavs in this spot, even in a tough road environment. Toronto could be without Lowry again, whereas Cleveland is back to full strength now that LeBron and Irving are back in the fold. Unless DeRozan goes off and gets a lot of help around him, we don't see how the Raptors will be able to keep pace offensively.
So, with our NBA picks, let's roll with the momentum and side with Cleveland to cover as road chalk. They've been the much more efficient team recently and we think they'll get it done.
Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers -4.5 at BetOnline