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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.

The Raptors took two of three from the Cavs in the regular season, including a memorable clutch buzzer-beater by point guard Kyle Lowry on February 26 that lifted Toronto to a 99-97 victory. So why are the odds so out of whack?

For starters, the Cavaliers have been on an absolute mission in the postseason. Cleveland swept Detroit and Atlanta in the first two rounds and barely broke a sweat in both series. The Cavs are rolling at the right time, and they have a massive edge over Toronto in the experience department.

When examining general offensive stats, it's interesting to note just how similar the Raps and Cavaliers were in the regular season. I'm not saying the Dinos will win the East, but it does seem like the bloated Cavs series price and the -11 number is a bit of an exaggeration.

Take a look at the similarities for yourself. Do you think the Raptors stand a chance in this series?

Cavaliers and Raptors are Strikingly Similar Teams
TeamRecordField Goal %3-point %Free Throw %Total ReboundsTurnoversStealsPoints ForPoint Differential
Cleveland Cavaliers57-2546%36.2%74.8%44.513.66.7104.3+6.0
Toronto Raptors56-2845.1%37%77.7%43.413.17.8102.7+4.5