Bet the Cleveland vs Toronto Eastern Conference Showdown

Posted by Eric Williams on February 25, 2016 in

Just three games behind Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Toronto Raptors will look to send a serious message when they host their Eastern Conference-leading counterparts in an intriguing match up on Friday night. Toronto has not lost at home since in almost two months and will look to keep it that way when they attempt to hand the Cavs their fourth loss in their last 11 games.Now, let’s find out if the Raptors can pull off the pro hoops spread ‘upset’ at home.

How To Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Odds & TV Info

When: Friday, February 26,  7:30 PM  ET
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TV: Sportsnet 1, FSOhio
Radio: WTAM 1100, Toronto 1050
TV Stream: Sportsnet Live
NBA Odds: Toronto +1

Why Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers (41-15 SU, 25-28-3 ATS) have won 11 of their last 14 games including their 114-103 win over Charlotte on Wednesday. LeBron James scored 10 of his 23 in the first quarter to help the Cavs get off to a good start they would never look back from.”It was fortunate for us that LeBron was able to attack early and set the tone for us,” Lue said.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points and newly acquired veteran forward Channing Frye made 4 of 8 from beyond the arc in his second game with the Cavs to finish with 15 points. “He adds another dynamic piece to our team we hadn’t had up to this point,” James said of Frye.

Why Bet The Toronto Raptors

The Raptors (38-18 SU, 31-25 ATS) look like a great bet in this contest because they’ve been on fire and absolutely unbeatable at home recently. Toronto has won three straight, 17 of its last 20 games and nine straight at home. The Raptors are coming off a solid 114-105 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Toronto got a team-high 31 points from shooting guard DeMar DeRozan and 21 points from point guard Kyle Lowry as the Raptors’ all-star backcourt continued to lead the way. DeRozan and Lowry both drained a pair of crucial three-pointers in the final three and a half minutes.

“It was a gutsy win. We found a way to win defensively and DeMar DeRozan made some big plays down the stretch,” coach Dwayne Casey said.

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Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

The Cavs and Raptors have split the last two meetings with both winning at home and that bodes well for Toronto coming into this contest. While I’ve been impressed with Cleveland’s increasingly up-tempo play since Tyronn Lue took over for David Blatt and fully believe LeBron James is going to go all-out to deliver his own message to the Raptors, I’m thinking now is the time for Toronto to strike!

The Cavaliers may be 4-1-2 ATS in their last seven road games, but they’re also just 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games against teams from the Atlantic division and just 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against their Eastern Conference counterparts overall. Conversely, the Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a winning road record, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and a robust 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against their Eastern Conference counterparts.

The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in the last seven road games against Toronto, but I’m taking Toronto to get the outright win and ATS cover.

My final score prediction: Toronto 103 Cleveland 100