I’m now 8-8 in Raptors free predictions as Denver (+9.5) was defeated by 5 in overtime, 112-107 at Toronto last night. Tonight the Raptors play at the 12-7 Cleveland Cavaliers.
(16-5) Toronto Raptors @ (12-7) Cleveland Cavaliers
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – Greivis Vasquez C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Amir Johnson
Cleveland – Point Guard – Kyrie Irving Shooting Guard – Shawn Marion C- Anderson Varejao Small Forward – LeBron James Power Forward – Kevin Love
Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 20.3 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.3 APG – Kyle Lowry 7.2
Cleveland – Points Per Game – LeBron James 24.6 Rebounds Per Game – Kevin Love 9.6 Assists Per Game – LeBron James 7.6
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 108.9 (2nd) PA – 100.3 (19th)
Cleveland – Points For (Per Game) – 102.9 (11th) Points Against (Per Game) – 99.1 (12th)
The Toronto Raptors have won 3 of their last 4 games. Last night they were victorious 112-107 in overtime at home versus the Nuggets. Shooting guard Louis Williams came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 26 points on 7 of 16 shooting in 28 reserve minutes. He was 9 of 10 from the foul line. Power forward Patrick Patterson scored 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting in 39 minutes. He hit 5 of 7 from the 3 point line. He also grabbed 8 rebounds. Center Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. He was 8 of 11 from the field in 31 minutes. Small forward Terrence Ross chipped in with 16 points on 7 of 15 shooting in 40 minutes. The team shot 50.6% from the field, 27.3% from the 3 point line (9-33), and 72.4% from the free throw line (21-29). The team was out-rebounded 49-44. The Raptors blocked 10 shots. The team scored 62 points in the 1st half but only managed to score 40 in the 2nd half. Toronto is 6-2 on the road this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 3-1 in the 2nd game so far this season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers come in to tonight’s tip-off winners of 7 in a row. Last night they scored a 110-88 win at Brooklyn. Shooting guard Dion Waiters, in a reserve role, led the team in scoring with 26 points on 11 of 21 from the field in 30 minutes of action. Power forward Kevin Love had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. He was 7 of 14 from the field in 32 minutes. Small forward LeBron James netted 18 points on 8 of 17 shooting in 34 minutes. He also dished out 7 assists. Power forward Tristan Thompson came off the bench with a double double as he scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He was 6 of 7 from the field in 29 minutes. The team shot 47.8% from the field, 36% from the 3 point line (9-25), and 68.2% from the foul line (15-22). The Cavs out-rebounded the Nets 55-33. The team had a big 3rd quarter as they outscored the Nets 35-18. Cleveland is 6-4 at home this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 3-2 in the 2nd game so far this season.
Toronto and Cleveland have split their first 2 meetings this season with each team winning on the other team’s home court. After tonight they play 1 final time this season, March 4th at Toronto.
One team being more worn out than the other won’t matter in this one since both teams played last night. Both meetings have seen the victor win by double digits, I can see that happening again this evening.The Cavs have a good thing going at the moment and I can see them taking a 2-1 series lead (for the season) against the Raptors. Take the Cavaliers -6 (1.90) (Bet365)
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