Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/7/18 Game 4 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (63-28) at Cleveland Cavaliers (57-35)
NBA Basketball: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -6 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Monday in game four of the second round of the NBA playoffs at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Toronto Raptors need victory here to save their season and force a game five on Wednesday. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 108.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.8 points and 3.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.8 points and 8.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and CJ Miles is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have lost seven of their last nine road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to complete the sweep before likely playing the Boston Celtics in the conference finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 101 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 48 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 34.8 points and 8.8 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 13.9 points and 10.5 rebounds. Kyle Korver is the third double-digit scorer and JR Smith is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 12 of their last 14 home games.
The Raptors are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games, 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Cavaliers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games, 16-39-1 ATS in their last 56 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Toronto Raptors went from getting smoked by the Cavs game after game and looking depressed to making a big comeback in game three, showing signs of life and still losing on a LeBron game winner. The Raptors are simply cursed against the Cavs and nothing they do results in a victory. I'm not sure how guys will be able to find the motivation to give an honest effort in this contest with the way things have played out. If the Cleveland Cavaliers come out with energy early and throw that first punch, we could very well see the Raptors fold and start planning their vacation. The Cavs likely win this game in a blowout.