Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors - 5/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (64-33) at Cleveland Cavaliers (66-25)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -12 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors meet in Game 2 tonight at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers remained unbeaten in the playoffs with a dominant 115-84 win over the Raptors in Game 1 on Tuesday. Kyrie Irving poured in 27 points on 11 of 17 shooting while LeBron James added 24 points on 11 of 13 shooting as the Cavs shot 55.4 percent from the field to blow past the Raptors. In terms of three-point shooting, the Cavs have been lighting it up in these playoffs but they connected on just seven of 20 attempts in this game, but they absolutely dominated the boards by 45-23 and held the Raptors to just 20.8 percent shooting from three.
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As for the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan had a solid game of 18 points on nine of 17 shooting while Bismack Biyombo added 12 points, but the Raptors couldn't buy a basket early on and found themselves running uphill in the second half thanks to a 33-16 second quarter dominated by the Cavs. Kyle Lowry's jumpshot once again deserted him as he finished with just eight points on four of 14 shooting and the Raptors couldn't find much offense from their reserves other than James Johnson who knocked down a couple of threes to finish with 10 points off the bench.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while the Cavs are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings and the underdog is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
The Raptors will want to bounce back and take a stand in this series but I'm afraid they may have to wait till they get back to Toronto because the Cavs look to be almost unguardable on offense and they're doing a great job of keeping Lowry ice-cold from the field. Take Cleveland to win this one again by double digits.