Toronto Raptors (63-27) at Cleveland Cavaliers (56-35)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 5, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 217
The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Saturday in game three of the second round of the NBA playoffs at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Toronto Raptors need a victory here in order to have any real chance of winning this series. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 109.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25.8 points and 3.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.8 points and 8.5 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Delon Wright is dishing 2.6 assists. 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 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have lost six of their last eight road games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers can all but put this series to bed by winning here and taking a 3-0 lead. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 100.6 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 48.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 34.4 points and nine assists while Kevin Love is averaging 13.1 points and 9.9 rebounds. JR Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 11 of their last 13 home games.
The Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games. The Cavaliers are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 Saturday games, 16-38-1 ATS in their last 55 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Cleveland, 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
As LeBron was making shot after shot after shot in the Cavs game two victory, you could see the will of the Toronto Raptors breaking. The Raptors just can't find a way to beat the guy, and they play like a completely different team when going against him. And after dropping the first two games of the series at home, you have to think the Raptors confidence is as low as its ever been, as there's not a lot of teams to win a series after dropping the first two at home. You guys know I've been bashing the Cavs all season long and have made a ton just by blindly fading them, but I'm done backing the Raptors in the playoffs. Done. It's the same thing ever year with this group of guys. So, give me the Cavs and the reasonable chalk.