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Stage is Set for Another Huge Cavaliers Performance in Game 2

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a mediocre team for the majority of the second half of the regular season, but LeBron James has flipped a switch in the playoffs and all of a sudden the wine and gold are resembling the same squad that shocked the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals a year ago. On the heels of five straight postseason wins, the Cavs will look to make it six in Game 2 of their second-round series with the Toronto Raptors in Ohio tonight. Sportsbooks opened the Raps as 7-point road underdogs with a total of 213.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Cavaliers' last nine games at home.
  • The Raptors are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against the Cavaliers.

The second-seeded Cavaliers took care of business in Game 1 by easily topping Toronto 116-105, handing the Raptors franchise its 10th straight loss in a series opener. In the wake of the win, Cleveland improved to 28-4 SU at home in the playoffs since 2015. The contest was reminiscent of last year’s NBA Eastern Conference final when Cleveland’s four victories came by an average of 28.5 points.

Toronto trailed by 22 points after three quarters before cutting the deficit in half in the final frame, but it was simply too little too late for a Raptors team that looked completely outclassed in every facet of the game.

Tristan Thompson was huge for Cleveland in Game 1, as the Canadian collected 14 rebounds to raise his playoff average to 11.6 while reaching double digits in all five of the Cavs’ playoff games. Thompson bullied Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas in the paint all game long, and you can expect that trend to continue unless head coach Dwane Casey makes some in-game adjustments.

OVER bettors cashed out in the series opener, which is becoming a trend in Cavs games of late. In Cleveland’s last five outings, the OVER is 4-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Cleveland Cavaliers as -7.5-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 214 earlier at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 105-103 result in favor of the Cavaliers. 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 bring a 56-31 record (38-46-3 ATS) to the battle against the 55-34 Toronto Raptors, who are 47-40-2 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Cleveland Cavaliers go 51-34-2 so far and the Toronto Raptors go 47-41-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Toronto injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Cleveland Cavaliers rated this week at No. 17 and the Toronto Raptors sitting at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Cleveland's No. 4-ranked offense (110.52 PPG) against a Toronto Raptors defense that ranks No. 6 at 102.16 PPG. The Cleveland Cavaliers have averaged 47.07% from the field per game, more than the Toronto Raptors have managed so far this NBA season (46.23% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kyle Lowry poured in 20 points and chipped in with 11 assists in a losing cause for Toronto on Monday, as the Cavaliers rolled to a 116-105 victory over Toronto at Quicken Loans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
  • Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Toronto is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto home to Cleveland, Friday, May 5th