Two teams sitting on mirror sides of the Eastern Conference table are clashing in this game, when the second-worse Cleveland Cavaliers (16-50), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the second Toronto Raptors (48-19), who on the other hand want to extend their current small winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-11-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers +9
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 16-50 record (30-35-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Heat with a 110-126 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 18.8 ppg, adding 10.8 boards per game. He is followed by Jordan Clarkson with 17 ppg and 3.4 boards off the bench.
Toronto Raptors have a 48-19 record (29-38 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Heat with a 125-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 27.1 ppg, adding 7.3 boards per game. He is followed by Pascal Siakam with 16.5 ppg and 7 boards per game.
Raptors have won all three previous meetings against the Cavaliers this season, winning the only road game by 11 points. Cavaliers have a 10-24 home record, while the Raptors are 21-12 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 114.2 ppg to Cavs’ 103.7 and defensively, allowing 108.7 ppg to Cavs’ 113.5. Raptors have a better field goal percentage (47% to 44.1%), while Cavaliers have a better 3-point percentage (36% to 35.3%). Raptors are better both in boards grabbed (45.1 to 42.7) and in dimes made (25 to 21), while Cavaliers are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 13.1). Raptors are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -9 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy road victory.
Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Toronto Raptors -9 (-109)
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