Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors- 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) at Toronto Raptors (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +2 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Toronto Raptors tonight at the Air Canada Center.
The Cavaliers opened the season with a 117-88 demolition of the new-look Knicks on Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 29 points on 12 of 22 shooting while Kevin Love added 23 points and 12 rebounds, but the night belonged to LeBron James who led the way with a triple-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists as the Cavs took full advantage of a Knicks team still trying to find a way to play together. Cavs guard Iman Shumpert was taken to the locker room in the third quarter after suffering a head collision with Kristaps Porzingis but he has been cleared of a concussion and is expected to suit up tonight.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors kicked off their season with a solid 109-91 win over the Pistons on Wednesday night. DeMar DeRozan dominated the game with 40 points on 17 of 27 shooting, Jonas Valanciunas added 32 points with 11 rebounds while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 10 points and eight assists as the Raptors jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back. Defensively, Toronto was able to win the rebounding battle by 51-40 while holding the Pistons to just 41.7 percent shooting from the field.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 against the Eastern Conference, while the Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games but just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Cavs are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto and the home team is 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings overall.
If i was going off which team performed better in their first game of the season, I'd go with the Cavs in a close one, but the Raptors always seem to find a new gear when taking on the Cavs, so I'm sticking with the trend and taking the Raptors to get this win at home.