Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32) at Toronto Raptors (59-23)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -6 -- Over/Under: 218 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in game one of the second round of the NBA playoffs at the Air Canada Centre.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a quick turnaround after beating the Indiana Pacers in a seven game series on Sunday. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 94.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 100.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 34.4 points and 7.7 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. George Hill is dishing two assists and JR Smith is grabbing three rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have split their last 10 road games.
The Toronto Raptors haven’t played since Friday and are coming off a six-game series against the Washington Wizards. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 109.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 26.7 points and 3.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.2 points and 8.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Delon Wright is dishing 2.7 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won seven straight home games.
The Cavaliers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raptors are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cavaliers are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto, 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Toronto Raptors have had bad luck against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the past and are even just 1-2 against them this regular season. History suggests taking the Cavs and the points here. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers simply aren't a good basketball team and haven't been pretty much all season. You'd be sitting on Bill Gates money just blindly fading Cleveland, and that didn't change in the playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. The Cavaliers have covered just once in their last eight games and are getting very little out of players not named LeBron. As if you couldn't figure it out before, the fact LeBron needed to play nearly the entire game seven to barely get by the Pacers tells you all you need to know about this team and its supporting cast. The Toronto Raptors have a nasty home crowd and are for once getting production outside of their backcourt. The Raptors are also a solid 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games. The Raptors are also 5-0-1 ATS in their last six home games when at least a six-point favorite while the Cavs are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 road games as an underdog of at least six points. This is the Raptors chance, and they pounce on it. Toronto rolls.