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NBA odds preview - Raptors vs. Cavaliers

Toronto RaptorsCleveland Cavaliers
Dec 18, 7:00 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

6-19TEAM RECORD5-20

The Cavaliers hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Tuesday as the Raptors pay a visit to Quicken Loans Arena in NBA betting action.

This season the Cavaliers are 5-20 overall and 11-14 ATS against the number, while the Raptors are 6-19 and 12-13 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Cleveland is 12-13 on the OU, and Toronto is 12-13.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Cavaliers as 4-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 193, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 21 (Cavaliers) and the No. 24 (Raptors) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 94-92 result in favor of the Cavaliers is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 23-ranked offense (94 PPG) against a Raptors defense that ranks No. 27 at 101.2 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 41.3% from the field per game, less than the Raptors have managed so far this season (42.5% on average).

Defensively, the Raptors feature the league's No. 27-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.2 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 in the league in scoring at home.

The Raptors were a 103-96 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Rockets. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (199) made winners of UNDER bettors. Alan Anderson scored 24 points leading the Raptors to a 103-96 victory over Houston at Air Canada Centre on Sunday.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 103-102 loser on the road against the Knicks. They covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (205) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Cavaliers got a terrific 41-point performance from Kyrie Irving but New York handed them a 103-102 defeat on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 2-8
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing New York are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Raptors at Cavaliers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Toronto
Cleveland is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games

Next up:
Toronto home to Detroit, Wednesday, December 19
Cleveland at Boston, Wednesday, December 19

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