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Raptors at Cavaliers - 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: 191 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sportsnet One, FSOH

The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Monday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Toronto Raptors look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 99.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 43 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.9 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.6 points and 6.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.2 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.9 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.8 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last nine road games.

Raptors at Cavaliers - 1/4/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to remain hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 99.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 94.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.8 points and 5.9 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 16.5 points and 10.7 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 3.4 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cavs are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.5 turnovers per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Raptors are 5-11-2 ATS in their last 18 Monday games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Cavaliers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Cleveland. 

The Raptors have beaten the Cavs in five of the last nine meetings, which includes once this season. I think the Raptors are a better team overall than Cleveland right now. I'll take the points here. 

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Toronto Raptors +8

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