Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors Betting Preview, February 26 (2/26): NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors Betting Preview, February 26 (2/26): NBA

 

Odds

 

Time 7:00 p.m. EST
Raptors money line +210
Raptors spread +6 (-110)
Cavaliers money line -250
Cavaliers spread -6 (-110)
Over / under 214.5

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Toronto Raptors Cleveland Cavaliers
Record 30-31 38-25
Road / home record 11-18 25-7
Streak W4 L3
Points per game 117.00 111.00
Points allowed per game 112.00 106.00
Rebounds per game 48.00 44.00
Rebounds allowed per game 44.00 41.00
Over / under record 32-37-1 30-33
 

Preview

On Sunday night, the Toronto Raptors will be visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Earlier this season, these two teams already met 3 times with the Raptors leading 2-1.

The Cavaliers have been in excellent form, winning seven of their last ten games, while the Raptors have won seven of their last ten as well. The Cavaliers have also been consistent in their home games, winning 25 of their 32 games, which is the best home record in the NBA.

 

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are currently tenth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 30-31, but they have managed to maintain a positive record at home, winning 18 out of 31 games. The team is led by Pascal Siakam, who has been a dominant force in the paint, averaging 12.1 points per game in that area, and leading the team to rank third in the Eastern Conference with 52.2 points per game in the paint. Siakam has been in excellent form this season, averaging 25.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. Alongside Siakam, Fred VanVleet has also been a consistent scorer for the Raptors, averaging 20.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in the last 10 games.

In the last 10 games, the Raptors have been in good form, winning six out of their last 10 games and averaging 116.7 points, 44.3 rebounds, 24.0 assists, 8.7 steals, and 5.2 blocks per game, while shooting 47.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.4 points per game.

In terms of injuries, the Raptors will be missing Otto Porter Jr. for the rest of the season due to a foot injury, while Gary Trent Jr. is listed as day to day with a calf injury, and OG Anunoby is out with a wrist injury.

In terms of gameplay, the Raptors have been dominant in the paint this season, and this is likely to be a significant factor in this matchup. The Raptors are averaging 52.2 points per game in the paint, which ranks them third in the Eastern Conference. Siakam has been leading the way in the paint, and his ability to get to the rim and finish will be a challenge for the Pelicans.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing exceptionally well this season. They have improved significantly from last year's campaign and have a good chance of competing in the playoffs. The Cavaliers have won 38 games this season and lost only 23, putting them fourth in the Eastern Conference. They have been exceptional at home, winning 25 of their 31 games at the Cleveland-Dade Arena.

The Cavaliers have been led by their dynamic duo of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland. Mitchell is the team's leading scorer, averaging 27.3 points per game, while Garland is averaging 21.3 points per game. The Cavaliers are also one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, allowing only 106.1 points per game, which is the best in the league. The team's defense has been crucial to their success this season, and they will rely on it against the Raptors.

Caris LeVert led the Cavaliers with 22 points, but it was not enough to overcome the Raptors' firepower. Darius Garland will be another key player for the Cavaliers. Garland has been excellent in the last ten games, averaging 21.3 points per game while shooting 50.2% from the field. He will be looking to continue his good form and help the Cavaliers win the game.

The Cavaliers will be hoping to avenge that defeat and extend their home winning streak to five games. 

Injury Concerns

They have two players listed as day-to-day, Cedi Osman with a neck injury, and Ricky Rubio with an illness.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Toronto are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.

Toronto are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Cleveland.

Toronto are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against Cleveland.

Toronto are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing on the road against Cleveland.

Cleveland are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games.

Cleveland are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games.

Cleveland are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in excellent form this season, and their home record speaks for itself. They have the best home record in the NBA and will be looking to continue their winning streak at home. They also have one of the best defensive units in the league, allowing only 106.1 points per game.

Firstly, both teams have been playing well defensively this season. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the best defense in the league, allowing only 106.1 points per game, while the Toronto Raptors have been solid defensively, holding their opponents to an average of 114.4 points per game in their last 10 games.

Secondly, the betting trends show that the total has gone over in only one of Toronto's last seven games when playing on the road against Cleveland, indicating that this could be a low scoring affair. Additionally, the Cavaliers have been struggling to cover the spread in their last few games, suggesting that they may not be as dominant as they have been in the past.

Finally, both teams have some injury concerns, with key players missing or listed as day-to-day. This could impact their offensive output and lead to a lower-scoring game.

 

PICK: Over 214.5 (-110)

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