Raptors vs Cavaliers Prediction NBA Picks Today 1/1

Raptors vs Cavaliers Prediction NBA Picks Today 1/1

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors Preview and Prediction - KingPin Pro

Toronto, ON; January 1, 2024, 5:30 p.m. EST

Spread: TOR -2.5
Over/Under: 223.5

Introduction

The Cleveland Cavaliers (18-14) face the Toronto Raptors (12-20) at Scotiabank Arena on January 1, 2024. This preview analyzes the matchup, recent performances, injuries, and a final prediction.

 

Team Analysis

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers, sixth in the Eastern Conference with an 18-14 record, are led by shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, averaging an impressive 28.0 points per game.

Player Spotlight: Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell is a key player for the Cavaliers, contributing 28.0 points per game with outstanding shooting percentages.

 

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors, currently twelfth in the Eastern Conference with a 12-20 record, will be without Christian Koloko until January 3, and Garrett Temple is questionable for the game. Pascal Siakam leads the team with 21.9 points per game.

Player Spotlight: Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam is a key player for the Raptors, contributing 21.9 points per game with a solid shooting percentage.

 

Injuries

The Cavaliers will be without Ty Jerome until January 3, while the Raptors have Christian Koloko out until January 3, and Garrett Temple is questionable for January 1.

 

Recent Performances

The Cavaliers are coming off a narrow 119-111 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 29, 2023. In their most recent game on December 27, 2023, they secured a close 113-110 victory against the Dallas Mavericks. The Raptors are on a downward trend with a 129-127 loss against the Detroit Pistons on December 30, 2023.

 

Prediction

The Cavaliers, with Donovan Mitchell's scoring prowess and considering the Raptors' recent struggles, are in a favorable position to cover the +2.5 points spread or even secure a victory. Mitchell's impressive offensive capabilities and the Raptors' injury concerns make Cleveland a strong pick for this matchup.

Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +2.5

 

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