Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/9/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (15-5) at Cleveland Cavaliers (11-7)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers go for a seventh straight win tonight as they play host to the Toronto Raptors.
The Cleveland Cavaliers finally look to be getting into their groove now and it was the Nets who found that out last night in a 110-88 rout in Brooklyn. Kevin Love continued his hot shooting with 19 points while LeBron James added 18, but it was actually Dion Waiters' 26 points off the bench that turned a close game into an easy win for the Cavs. Kyrie Irving had one of his worst games of the season, scoring just seven points on two of 10 shooting but the Cavs hardly needed him after the halftime as they just shut the Nets down defensively and dominated the second half by 60-39. With the win, Cleveland improved to 12-7 overall and 6-3 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in some decent form themselves, winning three of their last four including a 112-107 overtime thriller over the Nuggets last night. Kyle Lowry had an off shooting night but led the way with 13 points and 13 assists while Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points on eight of 11 shooting, but you can credit this win to the bench production as Louis Williams and Patrick Patterson scored 26 and 19 points respectively, including a combined eight of 17 from the three-point line. As a team, the Raptors shot a healthy 50.6 percent from the field, which is not that surprising as they are currently ranked second in the league in points with an average of 108.8 ppg.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games but 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600, while the Cavs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven against a team above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the NBA Atlantic.
Head to head, the Raptors are just 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall, but a healthy 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Cleveland.
These two teams met just last Friday and it was the Cavs who triumphed in a 105-91 decision thanks to 24 points and a season-high 13 assists from LeBron James and 21 points from Tristan Thompson. For the Raptors, Amir Johnson led the way with 27 points while Lowry added 22 but it wasn't nearly enough, so I'm expecting the Cavs to triumph once again and stay hot with another win.