Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors - 1/4/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (21-14) at Cleveland Cavaliers (22-9)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -8 -- Over/Under: 192 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers play host to the Toronto Raptors tonight at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Raptors have won four of their last six games but missed out on a third straight win last night, losing to the Bulls by 115-113 at home. DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 24 points while Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola added 22 points each, but while the Raptors led for the majority of the game, there was just no stopping the Bulls' Jimmy Butler who poured in an amazing 40 points in the second half. With the tough loss, Toronto drops to 21-14 on the season overall and 11-6 at home where they've won three of their last four.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have won nine of their last 11 games and will be going for a fourth straight win after making light work of the Magic in a 104-79 rout on Saturday. LeBron James led the way with 29 points on 11 of 18 shooting while Kyrie Irving added 13 points and Kevin Love had 10 as the Cavs put the game away early, dominating the Magic to lead by 16 points after the first quarter and 23 points at the half before cruising in the second half. With the easy win, Cleveland improves to 22-9 on the season and 14-1 at home.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team above .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Cavs are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Raptors are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Cleveland and the underdog is 15-3 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall.
The Cavs have just been piling on the wins lately so it's no surprise that they're favorites in this one, but the Raptors are always tough to beat at home and don't tend to get blown out when they lose, so I'm taking Toronto with the points in what should be a close one.