Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0) vs. Toronto Raptors (0-0)
October 19, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Raptors -2.5; Over/Under: +214.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers pay a visit to the Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will have their eyes on contending this season after getting bundled out in the play-in tournament last season. Darius Garland led the team with averages of 21.7 points and 8.6 assists per game, Jarrett Allen averaged 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, Evan Mobley averaged 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while Lauri Markkanen averaged 14.8 points per game before getting traded away as part of the Donovan Mitchell trade. As a team, the Cavaliers scored 107.8 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from the 3-point line.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors will be looking to build on last season’s 48 wins which saw them finish 5th in the Eastern Conference standings. Pascal Siakam led the team with averages of 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, Fred VanVleet averaged 20.3 points and 6.7 assists per game, Gary Trent Jr. averaged 18.3 points per game while Scottie Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in his Rookie of the Year campaign. As a team, the Raptors scored 109.4 points per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from the 3-point line.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on three or more days rest. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on three or more days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Toronto and the Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Toronto.
The Cavaliers are just about at full strength for this one, while the Raptors are shorthanded as Otto Porter Jr has been rule out while Chris Boucher is listed as questionable for opening night. It’s hard to split these two teams at this early stage of the season, but while I’m tempted to take the Raptors at the short line, I think the Cavaliers hit the ground running and get the road win behind a big game from Mitchell.