Cavaliers at Raptors Game 3 - 5/21/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (67-25) at Toronto Raptors (64-34)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors meet Saturday night for game three of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Air Canada Centre.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to all but put this series to bed with a victory and a 3-0 lead. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 108.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 95.1 points on 45 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 24.8 points and 5.2 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 18.4 points and 10.9 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 5.2 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 44.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 15 road games.
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The Toronto Raptors need a win here to have any chance of getting back into this series. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 93.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 96.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 20 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.4 points and 6.4 assists. Bismack Biyombo is grabbing 8.4 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.6 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 29.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Finals games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest. The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Toronto.
I've been fading the Raptors all playoffs long, but if there's any game they're going to compete and possibly win in this series, it would be this one. The Raptors play better on their home court and their role players seem to make shots for once. I don't love this bet, but there's value with Toronto and the points this one time.