Raptors at Cavaliers Game 5 - 5/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (66-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (67-27)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -10 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers play game five of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Toronto Raptors look to win their third straight game and take an improbable 3-2 series lead. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 94.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 95.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.6 points and 6.1 assists. Bismack Biyombo is grabbing 9.7 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.6 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have lost eight of their last 12 road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to retake control of this series with another home victory. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 105.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 96.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 24 points and seven assists while Kevin Love is averaging 16.4 points and 10 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 4.9 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 12 of their last 14 home games.
The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The home team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The series is now tied up at two games each and the Raptors are finally playing like they want to advance to the NBA Finals. However, Toronto is a completely different team on the road and stinks up the joint often. In fact, the Raptors have lost their last four road games and were outscored by a combined 50 points in the first two games in Cleveland.
The Cavs make their shots at home, so while you guys know I hate big chalk, I'm going to side with Cleveland to win by double digits.