Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors - 5/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (66-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (67-27)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -10 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors duke it out in Game 5 at the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.
The Raptors were able to level the series at 2-2 with an impressive 105-99 win over the Cavaliers in Game 4 on Monday. Kyle Lowry led the charge with his best game of the series, pouring in 35 points on 14 of 20 shooting while DeMar DeRozan was right behind him with 32 points of his own. DeMarre Carroll had a rough shooting night but contributed 11 points while Bismack Biyombo chipped in with 14 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 8-2 at home in these playoffs, but the real test for them is how they play away from the comfort of their home court as they're only 2-6 on the road in these playoffs so far.
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As for the Cavs, LeBron James led the team with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists while Kyrie Irving added 26 points on 11 of 21 shooting, but there just wasn't enough support from the rest of the team as Kevin Love shot just four of 14 for his 10 points while JR Smith had just nine points. Channing Frye chipped in with 12 points off the bench and has actually connected on 15 of 25 three-point attempts in this series so the Cavs surely have to find a way to give him more minutes going forward. Overall, it was obviously a disappointing loss for the Cavs who missed on a chance to go up 3-1 in the series, but I don't expect them to panic at all as this was just one of those nights where they missed open looks that they usually make.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 5-3 ATS in their last eight games overall and 4-2 ATS in their last six games following a loss, while the Raptors are 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games.
Head to head, the home team is 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
The Cavs were setting records with their three-point shooting in the first two rounds of the playoffs but have since cooled off against the Raptors. Playing at home where the Cavs are undefeated so far in the playoffs, I think they will rediscover some of that shooting touch and improve to 3-2 in the series with a double-digit win.