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Can Raptors Expose Cavaliers' Leaky Defense?

The Toronto Raptors took the Cleveland Cavaliers to the sixth game of the Eastern Conference finals a year ago before bowing out of the playoffs, but Canada’s lone NBA club will have a shot at redemption when Game 1 of the second-round gets underway in Northeast Ohio tonight. Sportsbooks opened the Raps as 6.5-point road underdogs with a total of 208.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Raptors' last four games.
  • The Cavaliers are 14-5 SU in their last 19 games at home.
  • The Raptors are 1-6 SU in their last seven games on the road against the Cavaliers.

Fresh off a six-game series victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto is starting to look like its usual self right now. The Raptors limited the Bucks to an average of 86 points in the final three games – all wins – in an impressive showing that was spearheaded by newly acquired pieces Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker.

Speaking of defense, the Cavaliers became the first team since the 1995 Houston Rockets to sweep a first-round series while allowing their opponent to score 100 or more points in each game. LeBron James is averaging more minutes than ever and averaged 43.8 in the first round, averaging 32.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and nine assists against the Indiana Pacers.

The Raptors’ failures in Game 1 have been well documented, and they’re in tough to buck that trend tonight. Toronto is a brutal 1-11 SU and 2-10 ATS in the opening game of playoff series.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Cleveland Cavaliers opened as -6.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 208.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 105-100 win for the Raptors on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Raptors will try to spoil the party on Monday; they are 47-39-2 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 37-46-3 ATS. Toronto is 46-41-1 vs the betting total points scored; Cleveland is 50-34-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Toronto injuries news.

This game pits the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently No. 17 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Toronto Raptors, who rate No. 8 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Cleveland's No. 4-ranked offense (110.45 PPG) against a Toronto Raptors defense that ranks No. 5 at 102 PPG. The Cleveland Cavaliers have averaged 47.09% from the field per game, more than the Toronto Raptors have managed so far this NBA season (46.26% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Raptors got a 32-point performance from DeMar DeRozan as Toronto handed Milwaukee a 92-89 defeat on Thursday at Bradley Center.

The Cavaliers got a 33-point performance from LeBron James as Cleveland handed Indiana a 106-102 defeat on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games
  • Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Cleveland, Wednesday, May 3rd

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