Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 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 +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors play an NBA game Friday night at the Air Canada Centre on ESPN.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for another victory after beating up on the New York Knicks opening night. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 117 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 88 points on 36.8 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 29 points and four assists while Kevin Love is averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds. LeBron James is the third double-digit scorer and Richard Jefferson is grabbing four rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers look to start 2-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Iman Shumpert and Key Felder are questionable.
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The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after beating the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 109 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 91 points on 41.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 40 points and four rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 32 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and DeMarre Carroll is grabbing seven rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 16.7 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 18.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors hope to start 2-0 for the third straight season. Lucas Nogueira is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and the home team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Winning in Toronto isn't easy, and you can ask Cleveland, as the home team has won eight of the last nine meetings between the Raptors and Cavs. The Raptors are healthy this time with Valanciunas in the paint and they seem to be one of those teams that shows up for the Cavs considering they're one of the few threats in the East. This is an early statement game for the Raptors and the crowd will show up. I'll take the home team and the free bucket given the way the home team has owned this series.