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Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/21/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-24) at Toronto Raptors (24-9)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -12.5 -- Over/Under: 206
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The lowly Cleveland Cavaliers invade the Scotiabank Arena to battle the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost six of their past 10 games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Hornets in a 110-99 road loss on Wednesday. Jordan Clarkson led the team with 20 points off the bench, Jaron Blossomgame added 15 points, Cedi Osman scored 14 pints while Larry Nance Jr. chipped in with 10 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and 10 of 23 from the 3-point line as they started strong to take a 25-16 lead in the first quarter, but they couldn’t keep it going in the second half where the Hornets outscored them by 69-53. Matthew Dellavedova sat out the game with left knee soreness and is listed as questionable for Friday. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 8-24 on the season and 3-12 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been going through a bit of a rough patch as they’ve lost four of their last seven games but they will be feeling good after sneaking past the Pacers in a 99-96 home win on Wednesday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 28 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals, Pascal Siakam added 17points with four assists while Greg Monroe chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Raptors shot just 40 percent from the field and seven of 30 from the 3-point line, but their defense was the difference as they outscored the Pacers by 24-11 in the fourth quarter to escape with the narrow win. Fred VanVleet was inserted into the starting lineup in place of the injured Kyle Lowry and finished with 11 points on four of 17 shooting.

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on one days rest. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Head to head, the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings, the Cavaliers are 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in Toronto.

The Raptors haven’t been in a slump but they certainly haven’t been at their best lately and they will have to find a way to keep winning without Lowry who is expected to sit out the next two games with a thigh injury. The Cavaliers have claimed wins over the Wizards, Knicks and the Pacers in their last seven games but they also have four losses by double-digits so when they lose, they lose big. With that being said, the Raptors have already beaten the Cavaliers twice this season and I think they take care of business again despite being shorthanded.

Toronto -12.5
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