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Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 5/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (54-35) at Toronto Raptors (63-25)
Date & Time Thursday May 3, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Toronto Raptors -6 -- Over/Under: 212.5
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NBA | Cleveland Cavaliers (54-35) at Toronto Raptors (63-25)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors meet Thursday in game two of the second round of the NBA playoffs at the Air Canada Centre.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to get greedy and steal another road game, going up 2-0 in the series. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 97.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 47.4 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 33.4 points and 8.4 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 10.9 points and 9.8 rebounds. JR Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won six of their last 11 road games.

The Toronto Raptors need a victory here if they hope to have a realistic chance of winning this series. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 109.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 45.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 26 points and 3.9 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.3 points and 8.6 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Delon Wright is dishing 2.4 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Cavaliers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Raptors are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games. The Cavaliers are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto, 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Toronto Raptors fooled us yet again. All the talk about DeRozan and Lowry being at their best and the bench being more productive and this being the year the Raptors finally make their playoff push, it was all lies. A championship caliber team doesn't blow a home game when leading much of it by double digits and having a major rest advantage over a Cavs squad that just played seven tough games. The Raptors really are scared of LeBron, as they result to iso ball far too often and their star backcourt often comes up small in the big moments. The Raptors should be fade material for the rest of this series. Now that the rant is out of the way, I'm still backing the Raptors and the reasonable chalk. Despite all the reasons I listed to fade Toronto, it doesn't mean I like the Cavs. The Cleveland Cavaliers are simply not a good basketball team, and while role players showed up in game 1, you can't expect them to repeat such a performance. If, and that's a big if, the Raptors play to their potential, they win this game rather easily. You know, kind of how game one was going until late in the fourth quarter. The best bet here would be to stay away. 

Toronto Raptors -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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