Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (9-7) at Toronto Raptors (15-4)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -3 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for revenge tonight when they pay a visit to the Toronto Raptors.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are slowly but surely building towards the team that we envisioned at the start of the season. They've now won five straight after sneaking past the struggling Knicks by 90-87 last night thanks to a season-high 37 points from Kyrie Irving. LeBron James recovered from a slow start to finish with 19 points and 12 assists while Kevin Love added just 11 points, but it was just one of those games where the obvious mismatch was at the point guard position so Irving was given as many looks as he wanted. The rest of the team really struggled from the field as the Cavs were outhustled and outplayed for about three quarters of the game before shutting the Knicks down in a 22-14 fourth quarter to steal the win to improve to 10-7 overall and 4-3 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have recovered from their first set of back to back losses with a couple of easy wins after beating the Kings and the Jazz in consecutive nights. On Wednesday night, six Raptors players finished in double digits but it was Kyle Lowry who stepped up his game in the absence of DeMar DeRozan and had himself a season-high 39 points on 13 of 22 shooting to help the Raptors beat the Jazz by 123-104. Toronto has now won eight of their last 10 overall to improve to 15-4 on the season and 6-2 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600 and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while the Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Cavs are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and a perfect 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Toronto.
These two teams have already met this season and it was the Raptors who triumphed in a 110-93 comeback win in Cleveland on Nov 22. I'm not expecting such a margin of victory this time, but there's no doubt in my mind that the Raptors are the much better team at this early stage of the season, especially at home where they're 9-2.