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Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/11/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (26-14) at Toronto Raptors (28-11)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Raptors play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost six of their last nine games and they will be looking to bounce back after getting blown out by the Timberwolves in a 127-99 road loss on Monday. Jeff Green led the team with 22 points off the bench, Kyle Korver added 19 points with five assists while Dwyane Wade chipped in with 13 points and six assists. As a team, the Cavs shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 38 from the three-point line but this game was over before halftime as the Timberwolves dominated the first half by 69-42 to put the game out of reach early. LeBron James finished with just 10 points and five assists while Kevin Love finished with just three points on one of seven shooting but the real problems were on the defensive end as they allowed the Timberwolves to shot a healthy 52 percent from the field and things reached boiling point in the third quarter as Isaiah Thomas was ejected for a clothesline foul on Jimmy Butler. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 26-14 on the season and 11-10 on the road.

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Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/11/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors will also be looking to bounce back after having their five-game win streak snapped by the Heat in a 90-89 home loss on Tuesday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 25 points and six assists but shot just 10 of 29 from the field, Dorrell Wright added 13 points with four sasists while Serge Ibaka chipped in with 11 points in 22 minutes of action before he got ejected for throwing punches with the Heat’s James Johnson. As a team, the Raptors shot just 38 percent from the field and seven of 21 from the three-point line but they fell just short of a victory as the Heat’s Wayne Ellington made the game-winning layup with the clock expiring. Kyle Lowry sat out the game with a bruised tailbone and is unlikely to play on Thursday while Ibaka has already been dealt a one-game suspension.

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 0-7 ATS in their last seven road games, 13-36-2 ATS in their last 51 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Meanwhile, the Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 against the Eastern Conference.

Head to head, the road team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings, the Cavs are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto.

The Cavs are clearly in a slump as they continue to leak easy points on the defensive end and it’s starting to cost them too many games for them to say that they’re not worried. The Raptors have been in great form, but will now have to suit up against the Cavs minus two of their best players. I’m tempted to take the Raptors who are an impressive 14-2 at home, but I’m sticking with the Cavs to take advantage of the shorthanded Raptors and finish on top behind a triple-double from LeBron. 

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