Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/23/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (67-26) at Toronto Raptors (65-34)
NBA Basketball: Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +5.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors look to level the series against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 tonight at the Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors finally woke up in the series and established a foothold with a dominant 99-84 win over the Cavaliers in Game 3. DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 32 points on 12 of 24 shooting, Kyle Lowry added 20 points while Cory Joseph had 14 points, but it was on the defensive end where the Raptors won the game thanks largely to Bismack Biyombo who protected the paint with a career-high 26 rebounds with four blocks. As a team, the Raptors held the Cavs to just 35.4 percent shooting while outrebounding them by 54-40.
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Meanwhile, the Cavs were led by 24 points from LeBron James and 22 points from JR Smith, but they didn't receive enough support from Kyrie Irving who shot three of 19 for his 13 points and Kevin Love who shot connected on one of nine shot attempts to finish with three points. Channing Frye continues to contribute in limited minutes, scoring 11 points on just five shot attempts in 21 minutes of play so he could see increased minutes in the rest of this series. It was a rough shooting night for the Cavs and they didn't seem to match the intensity of the Raptors early in the game which left them running uphill in the second half, but they won't be too worried about the loss as they're still 2-1 in the series.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 4-2 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points, while the Raptors are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 8-1 ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the Cavs are 6-3 ATS in the last nine meetings in Toronto but the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
I love the way the Raptors bounced back in what was almost a must-win game, but I think the Cavs will bounce back and take control of the series behind a bounce-back performance from Irving who was ice-cold in Game 3.