Cavaliers vs. Raptors - 11/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (10-2) at Cleveland Cavaliers (5-6)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -4 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors face off on Saturday in Quicken Loans Arena in NBA action.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a disappointing start to the season after losing on Friday in Washington and dropping below .500 for the season. The Cavaliers are 2-3 at home and they have lost their last three games in a row. Cleveland is averaging 102.5 points per game and they are shooting 44.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 102 point sand their opponents shoot 48.4 percent. LeBron James leads the Cavs averaging 25.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game. Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.9 points, Kevin Love is averaging 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds, and Anderson Varejao is averaging 10.5 points. The Cavaliers are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA.
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The Toronto Raptors are the top team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference at 10-2 and winners of heir last three games in a row. Toronto is 2-1 on the road and 7-2 against Eastern Conference teams. The Raptors are averaging 106.7 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 94.9 points and their opponents are shooting 45.2 percent. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 20 points per game to lead the Raptors. Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.8 assists, Louis Williams is averaging 11.5 points, and Terrance Ross is averaging 11.4 points. The Raptors are one of the top teams in the NBA in offense ranking third and they rank fifth overall in defense.
Cleveland is 5-0 against the spread at home against a team with a winning road record, 9-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games. Toronto is 15-6-1 against the spread against the NBA Central, 2-5 against the spread following a win by more than 10 points, and 1-3-1 against the spread on zero days rest. The road team has covered the point spread in seven of the last nine meetings of these two.
I always like getting points with the better team and that is what we get here making Toronto my choice.