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Can the Raptors Surprise the Cavs Again?

Many fans and pundits had already written off the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals, but a huge 99-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 has given new life to Canada’s lone NBA franchise. Game 4 gets underway in Toronto on Monday.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavaliers are 8-1 SU in their last nine games after a loss.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Raptors' last eight games with a closing total of 197.0 or more.
  • The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite of 6.0 or more.

Game 3 took on a new dimension as words, punches and elbows were thrown around. In the wake of the testy contest, Dahntay Jones was suspended for striking Bismack Biyombo below the belt while the pair were battling for a loose ball. Raptors’ head coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 by the league for his criticism of the officiating crew.

Biyombo was instrumental in Toronto’s comeback game. Filling in for injured starting center Jonas Valanciunas, the Congo native hauled in a Raptors’ playoff record 26 rebounds, blocked four shots and scored six of his seven points in the fourth quarter to lead his team to victory.

Valanciunas’ status has been upgraded to doubtful, and he is progressing in his recovery. Casey told reporters the big man would be re-evalutated on Monday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Toronto Raptors as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as 6-point underdogs on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 197.5 for Monday at shops such as MyBookie.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 106-95 result in favor of the Cavaliers 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 67-26 and 44-47-2 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Toronto Raptors are at 65-34 and 50-48-1 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Raptors are 48-48-3, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 44-47-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Toronto Raptors at No. 6 and the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 4 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Toronto's No. 21-ranked offense (101.21 PPG) against a Cleveland Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 5 at 97.99 PPG. The Toronto Raptors have averaged 44.47% from the field per game, less than the Cleveland Cavaliers have managed so far this NBA season (46.06% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

LeBron James scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Cavaliers to victory (they lost 99-84 to Toronto at Air Canada Centre on Saturday).

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Cleveland is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • Cleveland is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Toronto is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Toronto is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • Toronto is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Cleveland
  • Toronto is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland home to Toronto, Wednesday, May 25th