Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (38-24) at Toronto Raptors (38-22)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +4.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to the Air Canada Center to battle the Toronto Raptors tonight.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking a little wobbly after they lost two games in a row, but they quickly made those losses a distant memory with a dominant 110-79 rout over the Celtics last night. Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup and had a quick-fire 18 points and five assists while Kevin Love scored 12 points, but all eyes were on LeBron James who dominated and scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA career scoring list. Most of this game was played just for fun because the Cavs absolutely ran riot in this one, leading by as many as 44 points before taking their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter. With the Cavs locking the win up nice and early, coach Blatt had the luxury of resting his starters which is a major bonus as they head into a tough stretch in their schedule.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors will be breathing a little sigh of relief after they were able to snap their ugly five-game skid with an easy 114-103 win over the lowly 76ers on Monday. Kyle Lowry was rested for the third straight game but he was hardly needed as DeMar DeRozan poured in a season-high 35 points while Louis Williams added 21 points off the bench. Lowry is expected to return tonight for the Raptors as they look to improve on their 38-22 record which is good enough for second place in the Eastern Conference, just one game ahead of the Cavaliers in fourth place.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 17-6 ATS in their last 23 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, while the Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto and the Road team is 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.
The early money seems to be heading towards the Raptors with the news of Lowry returning, but it's too hard to resist taking the Cavs against a Raptors team who has only beaten the Sixers in their last six outings.