Raptors at Cavaliers Game 1 - 5/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers play game one of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Toronto Raptors are coming off a grueling seven-game series against the Miami Heat. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 94.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 94.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 20 points and 4.6 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.6 points and 6.7 assists. Bismack Biyombo is grabbing 8.9 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.6 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have split their last 12 road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a quick and painless sweep of the Atlanta Hawks. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 107.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 97.4 points on 46 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 23.5 points and 7.3 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 18.9 points and 12.5 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 5.5 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 46.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland.
With the way the Cavs are playing and the fact they're well rested while the Raptors are coming off a rough and physical seven-game series, this could get very ugly. I'm never a fan of laying big chalk, especially in playoff games. However, the Raptors have constant stretches of ugly basketball. That's not going to fly with the way the Cavs are playing at the moment.