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Pointspread favors Raptors in battle with Cavaliers

Cleveland CavaliersToronto Raptors
22-33February 21, 2014, 07:00 | Air Canada Centre29-25

The Raptors will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Cavaliers tip off at Air Canada Centre on Friday in NBA play.

Toronto battles the Cavaliers, currently with a 22-33 mark (25-30 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 28-26 for the Raptors and 25-30 for the Cavaliers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Raptors as -6.5-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 196.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

This game pits the Raptors, currently No. 3 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cavaliers, who rate No. 21 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 94-87 victory for the Raptors.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 101-93 winner at home against the Magic. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (194) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Kyrie Irving scored 22 points leading the Cavaliers to a 101-93 victory over Orlando at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.

The Raptors were a 94-92 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (186) made winners of OVER bettors. The Raptors got a terrific 32-point performance from DeMar DeRozan but Chicago handed them a 94-92 defeat on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Toronto's No. 15-rated squad against Cleveland's No. 10-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Toronto rates No. 10 in the league with 8.26 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 19 with 7.09 per outing.

A few Cavaliers at Raptors trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
Cleveland is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Toronto is 17-7-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Toronto is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to Washington, Sunday, February 23rd
Toronto home to Orlando, Sunday, February 23rd