NBA Betting Odds & Prediction for Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 1

Posted by Eric Williams on Tuesday,May 1, 2018 3:15, EDT in

After being dispatched from the playoffs in each of the last two postseasons by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers the now NBA betting favorites Toronto Raptors are hoping the third time will be the charm when they host their Eastern Conference nemesis in Game 1 of their conference semifinals matchup on Tuesday night.

If you’re looking to find out which team is going to get the win or cover the NBA spread, then let’s get to my expert betting prediction right now!

Cleveland at Toronto NBA Betting Odds & Prediction

  • When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Air Canada Centre
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors -7 (Over/Under at 215 points)

Recent head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Cleveland Cavaliers lead 8-2
  • Score: Cleveland Cavaliers 112.80 / Toronto Raptors 109.90
  • Field Goal Percentage: Cleveland Cavaliers 46.81 / Toronto Raptors 48.32
  • Rebounds: Cleveland Cavaliers 40.60 / Toronto Raptors 41.70
  • 3 Point Shots: Cleveland Cavaliers 105-287 / Toronto Raptors 132-313
  • Steals: Cleveland Cavaliers 7.00 / Toronto Raptors 5.60

Why Bet On Cleveland at +6.5?

Why should you consider betting on Cleveland as a 6-point road underdog in Game 1? Well, because the Cavs will have the best player on the court in the incomparable LeBron James, that’s why!

Cleveland got past Indiana in the first round, mostly because James willed them to the series win by dropping 40-plus points on the Pacers in three games including their 105-101 win in the series finale on Sunday. James averaged a phenomenal 34.4 points and 7.7 assists in the series, but Cleveland’s next best scorer was former all-star forward Kevin Love who chipped in 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

The Cavs got double-digit scoring from four other players in the Game 7 win after Cleveland’s other players largely struggled to contribute much of anything all series long.

“We’re a team, it’s not one individual, we’re a team and all of us expect so much out of each other,” James said. “No matter who’s out on the floor, we expect guys to make plays and that’s what happened tonight.”

Why Bet on Toronto at -6.5?

Why should you consider betting on Toronto as a 6.5-point home favorite in Game 1? There are several good reasons. First, Toronto is well-rested, having not played since their 102-92 Game 6 closeout win against over Washington on Friday. Next, the Raptors are the statistically better team at both ends of the floor. Last but not least, Toronto is the deeper team and only one is this matchup with two all-stars.

“It’s a different year. It’s a different team,” backup point guard Fred VanVleet said. “We’ve just got to keep our composure going forward and leave the past in the past.”

Playing at home, the Raptors come in as the NBA Betting favorites for Game 1.

Toronto got a team-high 24 points from Kyle Lowry in Game 6 to dispatch the Wizards while three other players scored in double figures for the Raptors in the win. For the series, all-star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan averaged 26.7 points per game while Lowry put up 17.2 points and 8.3 assists.

Latest NBA Betting Trends

  • Cleveland is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Cleveland is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 8 games
  • Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Toronto is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Toronto’s last 25 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Expert Analysis and Prediction

While I’m not real fond of the 6.5-point spread in this contest, I’m going to get right to the point by saying that I like the Toronto Raptors to get the big win in Game 1 to narrowly cover the chalk.

Toronto has won seven straight home games while Cleveland has gone a modest 5-5 over their last 10 road dates while losing two of three in Indiana in the first round.

The Raptors are well-rested while Cleveland and LeBron James in particular, are likely going to have deader legs in this one after their grueling first-round matchup. Last but not least, I just don’t think very highly of the Cavs this season or coming into this contest after watching them nearly fall to the Pacers in the opening round.

The Cavaliers are an uninspiring 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the Raptors have gone a near-perfect 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and robust 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

I know the Cavs are an impressive 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 road games against Toronto and 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings against the Raptors overall, but this year’s Toronto ballclub is better and much deeper than in past seasons and I’m expecting that to show in Game 1. Toronto gets the win and ATS cover roundball bettors!

Pick: Toronto Raptors -6.5