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Can the Raptors Bounce Back in Game 2?

Kyle Lowry LeBron James Toronto Raptors Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers hammered the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and barely broke a sweat while doing so. The Raps will have an opportunity to even things up when Game 2 gets underway in Ohio tonight.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 10-0 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after a loss.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Raptors' last 12 games as an underdog of 12.0 or more.
  • The Cavaliers are 1-3 ATS in their last four games as a favorite of 12.0 or more.

Cleveland has yet to drop a game in the postseason after collecting nine straight victories. Toronto didn’t get much help from its best player Kyle Lowry in the series opener, as the point guard shot 4 of 14 from the field and spent the majority of the second half on the bench.

The Raptors would surely benefit from the return of star big man Jonas Valanciunas, but it’s looking like the Lithuanian will not return this week. Valanciunas injured his ankle in Game 3 of his team’s second-round series with the Miami Heat and remains out indefinitely.

There was some concern that the Cavs would be rusty in Game 1 since they’re coming off back-to-back sweeps, but perhaps the extra rest has served them well. Cleveland played just eight games in the first 33 days of the playoffs, while the Raptors were stretched to 14.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Cleveland Cavaliers installed as -11.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 196.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Cavaliers to win this game 112-92. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers sport a record of 66-25 and 43-46-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Toronto Raptors sit at 64-33 and 49-47-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 44-45-2 for the Cleveland Cavaliers and 48-46-3 for the Toronto Raptors. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Toronto injuries news.

This game pits the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently No. 4 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Toronto Raptors, who rate No. 6 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Cleveland's No. 7-ranked offense averaging 104.75 PPG, against a Toronto Raptors defense that ranks No. 4 at 97.79 PPG. The Cleveland Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 46.13% so far, more than the Toronto Raptors shooters have achieved on the year, 44.5% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Raptors were blown out by Cleveland on Tuesday, losing by a 115-84 final at Quicken Loans Arena in basketball betting action.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

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Toronto home to Cleveland, Saturday, May 21st