The Cleveland Cavaliers (18-14) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (12-20) on Monday, January 1st. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena. Both the Cavaliers and Raptors will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Cavaliers vs Raptors
The Cavaliers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Donovan Mitchell scored 34 for Cleveland against the Bucks which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 47.6%. Jarrett Allen finished 2nd on the team with 30 points, but Cleveland ended the game with a 119-111 loss.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Raptors, the Cavaliers are looking to stay above .500. So far this season, they are 18-14 overall. In their 32 games, the Cavaliers are 11-8 against Eastern Conference teams and 7-6 in non-conference games.
Cleveland possesses a .500 ATS record for the season, sitting at 15-15 ATS. As the favorite this season, Cleveland is 8-9 vs. the spread while going 7-6 as the underdog.
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Raptors were defeated by the Pistons in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 129-127. The Raptors picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 52-44.
In their last ten games, the Raptors are 3-7 and have an overall record of 12-20 as they get ready to face the Cavaliers. When playing on the road, the Raptors are 4-11 this season compared to their home record of 8-9.
Toronto comes in with an overall ATS record of 15-17 so far this season. On the road, the Raptors have an ATS record of 7-8 compared to a 8-9 record vs. the spread at home.
Cavaliers Offense Breakdown
Cleveland has recorded an average of 112 points per game (24th) throughout 32 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.4 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Cleveland offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 27th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
In 32 games games, Toronto has an average of 113.7 points per game (18th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Raptors are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.6 per contest. Even though they have preferred to slow the game down, the Toronto offense is the 11th ranked team in made field goals per game.
Cavaliers Team Defense
Currently, the Cavaliers’ defense holds the 9th rank in the NBA, allowing 112.0 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Cavaliers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.8% while allowing 35.8% from downtown.
Raptors Team Defense
At present, the Raptors’ defense is ranked 17th, allowing 115.0 points per game. Inside the arc, the Raptors defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.8% and 38.1% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Cavaliers And Raptors
In today’s game, we anticipate Donovan Mitchell leading the scoring for the Cavaliers, contributing 28 points while shooting 10/21 from the field. This season, he is averaging 28 points per game along with 5.6 boards.
On the other side, Pascal Siakam is our projected leading scorer for the Raptors. We have him ending the game with a team-high 22 and grabbing 7 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 51.2% and is averaging 21.9 points per contest.
Cavaliers vs Raptors Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Cleveland has an ATS record of 3-1-1 while averaging 107 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- In their last five games at home, the Raptors have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 2-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 123 points per game in this stretch.
- The last five games that Cleveland was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 2-2-1 while going 2-3 straight up.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Raptors have a straight up record of 4-6 and an ATS mark of 4-6.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +2.5, the Cavaliers is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 225, and our model predicts the Cavaliers and Raptors to score a combined 251 points. We recommend betting on the over.
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