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Cavs and Raptors are Strikingly Similar

DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors JR Smith Cleveland Cavaliers

Maybe it's the LeBron James effect, but a large number of pundits and fans across the NBA have already written off the Toronto Raptors before the Eastern Conference finals have even begun.

The Cavs entered the postseason as the No. 1 team in the East with a 57-28 record, and the Raptors weren't far off at 56-28. At BetOnline the Cavaliers have a staggeringly high series price of -1500, with Toronto coming in as a +950 long shot. The wine and gold were 11-point favorites in Game 1 as of Tuesday afternoon.

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2016 NBA Draft Lottery Odds

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Find 2016 NBA Draft odds here!

The NBA Draft, a.k.a. the Philadelphia 76ers’ Super Bowl, is set to get underway on June 23, and hoops fans that cheer for underperforming teams are gearing up for the affair. But before we get there, the all-important draft lottery takes place on May 17.

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Tuesday’s Ref Crew Very Raptors Friendly

Sean Corbin NBA Playoffs

The Toronto Raptors are about to make history when they take floor in the franchise’s first ever Eastern Conference finals game Tuesday night. Yes, the Cleveland Cavaliers are heavy favorites in series prices (-1200) and even get the double-digit fave treatment in the series opener, but the Raps might have a bit of an advantage with the officiating crew that is slated to work Game 1.

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Raptors-Cavaliers are Cashing OVER Bets

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors have proven they’re the cream of the crop in the Eastern Conference, and now they’ll battle it out for the right to represent the East in the NBA Finals. Game 1 tips off Tuesday evening in Ohio.

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  • The Raptors are 2-6 SU and ATS in their last eight games as an underdog of 10.0 or less.
  • The Cavaliers are 4-0 SU in their last four games at home.
  • The Raptors are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games on the road.

Cleveland has yet to lose in the postseason after dispatching Detroit and Atlanta in dominating fashion, while the Raptors have been on the brink of elimination twice but outlasted Indiana and Miami to get this far.

LeBron James has been dismantling opposing defenses in the playoffs, averaging 23.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists. Unlike last year when Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving caught the injury bug, James is not alone this time around. That means Toronto should rightfully be worried about the Cavs’ healthy big three.

When the Cavs and Raps collide, high-scoring affairs are the story. The OVER is 4-1 in the last five matchups between the clubs.

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How Will Extra Rest Impact Cavs vs Raps?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are undoubtedly playing their best basketball of the season, and this is the best the team has meshed since LeBron James returned to Cleveland. After having their way with the Pistons and sweeping the Hawks for the second year in a row, the Cavaliers became the eighth team in the last 25 years to sweep their first and second round opponent in the same year.

Here’s a look at how those teams finished out the playoffs:

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Upset? Gimme Raps, Not Thunder

The NBA conference finals odds are just silly right now. The favorites are favored by such huge numbers it suggests these two remaining series are mere formalities. 

That’s especially true for the Cleveland Cavaliers-Toronto Raptors series where the Cavs are favored by a ridiculous price of -1500 over the Raptors. The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, are favored at -450 over the OKC Thunder. 

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Thunder-Warriors Series Props

Stephen Curry Enes Kanter

With all due respect to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, the Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference finals series is the most exciting matchup of the 2016 NBA playoffs. If you’re looking for alternative betting options, you’ve come to the right place.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released a number of props for the heavyweight battle, ranging from total games played, series correct score and where the series will be decided.

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NBA Playoffs Starting to Trend OVER

Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors

If you've been paying attention to the NBA playoffs, you already know how hot of a bet the UNDER was throughout the majority of the first two rounds. But since last week things have taken a turn, and the OVER is starting to become the sharp play.

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Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors Betting Pick and Odds

Portland travels to Golden State on Monday, hoping to boost its 49-44 mark with a victory over the Warriors.

The Portland Trail Blazers will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 49-44 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden State Warriors are 50-39-3 ATS. Portland is 50-43 against the points scored total betting line, while Golden State is 50-41-1 versus the line.

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Home Clubs Paying Out Between OKC-GS

Russell Westbrook Stephen Curry

On one side, you have the best player in the NBA and a championship team. On the other, you have two of the league’s top young superstars and a squad that’s hungry to get a taste of winning. Game 1 of the Western Conference finals series between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder gets underway in California tonight, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Shark Bites
  • The Thunder are 2-5 SU in their last seven games after consecutive wins on the road.
  • The total has gone over in seven of the Warriors' last 10 games as home favorites.
  • The Thunder are 1-11 SU and 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 games as an underdog of 7.0 or less.

For bettors, home court advantage has been massive in this matchup when it comes to cashing spread tickets. In the last eight meetings between the two clubs, home sides are 7-0-1 ATS. The Thunder are also 0-5 SU in their past five at Oracle Arena.

The Dubs won all three regular season contests with the Thunder on the way to their 73-win season, but this OKC team is rolling at the right time. The Thunder knocked off the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs in the second round thanks to some fantastic performances by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant shot 50 percent in the series.

Rebounding was the biggest difference maker against the Spurs, and it should figure to be massive again in the West finals. OKC was the top rebounding team in the Association in the season, outrebounding opponents by 8.4 boards per game – twice that of any other team.

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