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Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds


The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers collide in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Raptors will be full of confidence after blowing by the Heat in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Kyle Lowry was really struggling with his shot for the entire series, but came good in Game 7 to lead the team with 35 points, nine assists and four steals while DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 28 points on 12 of 29 shooting as the Raptors beat the Heat by 116-89 on Monday. DeMarre Carroll is yet to really have a breakout game in these playoffs as he continues to deal with a tweaked ankle and bruised left wrist while Jonas Valanciunas remains without a timetable for his return, so that's just going to put more pressure on the Raptors' backcourt duo of Lowry and DeRozan to shoulder the majority of the scoring burden.

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are completely healthy and fully rested after sweeping the Hawks in the Conference Semifinals over a week ago. LeBron James led from the front with averages of 24.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game for the series, Kyrie Irving averaged 21.3 points and 6.3 assists while Kevin Love averaged 19.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. As a team, the Cavs averaged an impressive 10.7 made 3-pointers during the regular season, but they ramped it up to a ridiculous 16.8 made 3-pointers per game during the playoffs thanks largely to JR Smith who is leading the team with an average of 3.9 makes per game.

In ATS trends, the Raptors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Cavs are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the Raptors are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland and the road team is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall.

The Raptors came away victorious in two of the three meetings with the Cavs in the regular season but you can't be feeling too confident about their chances in Game 1 as they're fresh off their second seven-game series while the Cavs are fresh off their second series sweep of the playoffs. I got this series going to six games with the Cavs winning by 4-2, but for Game 1, I have the Cavs to stay red-hot and kick off the series with a double digit win at home.

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