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Rested Cavaliers could be a great wager vs short-handed Raptors

The Cleveland Cavaliers venture to the Six to take on the Toronto Raptors and the Cavs love playing vs their rivals up north. Cleveland is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games including playoffs against the Raps and will look to bounce back after getting pounded by Minnesota. Toronto will be missing some key players tonight and opened as a slight dog at the Air Canada Centre.

  • The Cavaliers are 1-6 SU and 0-7 ATS in their last seven games on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Cavaliers’ last four games vs the Raptors.
  • The Raptors are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games vs teams with winning records.

It can’t be overstated how much the Cavaliers have owned Toronto. During that 10-game span, the Cavaliers beat the Raptors by an average of 12.7 points and are coming off two days’ rest. Cleveland is still trying to work the kinks out with introducing Isaiah Thomas to the fold and will need to rely on him more as the season progresses to limit LeBron James’ minutes. The King is third in minutes per game but is still averaging an unbelievable 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in his 14th season. Bettors should heavily consider backing the Cavaliers.

Toronto is coming off its second home loss of the season after dropping a tough one to the Miami Heat. The Raptors will be relying a lot on their second unit tonight with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka out for tonight’s contest. DeMar DeRozan may need to have another 40-point game vs the Cavs to push the Raps to victory as the Cavaliers are right on their heels in the Eastern Conference standings.

The total opened at 218.5 and UNDER bettors could profit from tonight’s matchup. The UNDER has hit in five of the Raptors’ last six home games while the UNDER has hit in seven of the Cavaliers’ last 10 road games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Toronto Raptors installed as 3-point underdogs in this particular NBA matchup. The OVER/UNDER betting line for the total number of points scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 219.5.

OddsShark score prediction models pick a 118-104 result in favor of the Raptors today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Cleveland Cavaliers have seen them go 26-14 and 12-27-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Toronto Raptors are at 28-11 and 22-17 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Raptors are 20-19, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 20-19-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Cleveland injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 10-rated Cavaliers taking on the No. 2-rated Raptors in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Toronto's No. 17-rated NBA squad against Cleveland's No. 22-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Toronto rates No. 8 in the league with 11.15 treys per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 12.5 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland was crushed on Monday, getting run out of the gym by Minnesota and falling 127-99 at Target Center.

Toronto suffered a 90-89 loss against Miami on Tuesday, getting 25 points from DeMar DeRozan in a losing effort at Air Canada Centre.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Cleveland is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
  • Cleveland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
  • Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Toronto is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Indiana, Friday, January 12
Toronto home to Golden State, Saturday, January 13