Raptors vs. Cavaliers - 2/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (41-15) at Toronto Raptors (37-18)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +1 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, Sportsnet One
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors meet Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 24.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 18.9 points and 4.4 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.2 rebounds and J.R. Smith is dishing 1.6 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won five of their last six road games. Iman Shumpert is questionable with a shoulder injury.
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The Toronto Raptors look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 102.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 97.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.5 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21 points and 6.4 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.4 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.2 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won nine straight home games.
The Cavaliers are 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto.
I continue to say that the Raptors are the best team in the East, and this is their chance to kind of prove just that. I don't trust the Cavs much and don't think they're nearly as good as the media has hyped them up to be. I like the home team here in a toss up game.