Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/21/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (67-25) at Toronto Raptors (64-34)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to the Air Canada Center to battle the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 on Saturday.
The Cavaliers were able to improve to 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals on the back of a dominant 108-89 win over the Raptors on Thursday. Kyrie Irving led the scoring with 26 points on 12 of 22 shooting while Kevin Love added 19 points on five of eight shooting, but the key performer was once again LeBron James who racked up a triple-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Cavs shot a healthy 50 percent from the field and seven of 21 from the 3-point line, but what set them apart from the Raptors in Game 2 was the Cavs' aggression which led to 37 free-throw attempts to the Raptors' 18 attempts.
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Speaking of the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan had a solid game of 22 points on eight of 18 shooting while James Johnson, Terrence Ross and Cory Joseph chipped in with 11 points each but it was never going to be enough with Kyle Lowry still struggling from the field, shooting just four of 14 to finish with 10 points and five turnovers. As a team, the Raptors did a great job of hanging around and competing with the Cavs despite shooting just 40.2 percent from the field, but the Cavs closed the first half on a decisive 16-2 run to take control of the game. Luis Scola was a surprise start for the Raptors but he'll likely drop back to the bench as he scored just six points and played just 14 minutes. Jonas Valanciunas remains out for Game 3 and his status for the rest of the series is still in doubt.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Raptors are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the Cavs are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Toronto but the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
You can be sure that Lowry and DeRozan will come out firing in what is pretty much a must-win game for the Raptors, but I still don't see them doing enough to peg one back against the Cavs who have looked so dominant in these playoffs. Take the Cavs to get the win and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.