Monday, May 23, 2016
Air Canada Centre
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Air Canada Centre to play the Toronto Raptors on Monday, May 23, 2016. The Cavs lead the series 2-1. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 6 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 197.5.
The Cavaliers had a regular season record of 57-25 and a road record of 24-17. They were 1st in the Central Division. They had a point differential of 6 as they averaged 104.3 points per game while giving up 98.3 per contest. Cleveland was 8-8 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 35-17. The Raptors had a regular season record of 56-26 and a home record of 32-9. They were 1st in the Atlantic Division. They averaged 102.7 points per game and surrendered 98.2, good for a point differential of 4.5. Toronto had a division record of 14-2 and a conference record of 39-13.
Kyrie Irving comes into this contest after averaging 19.6 points per game while playing 31.5 minutes per night this season for the Cavaliers. He pulled down 3 rebounds per game and dished out 4.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 45% while his free throw percentage was at 89%. Lebron James averaged 25.3 points per game in 35.6 minutes per contest this season. He averaged 6.8 assists per contest and 7.4 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage was 52% for the year while his free throw percentage was 73%.
Kyle Lowry averaged 21.2 points per game while playing 37 minutes per contest this year for the Raptors. He grabbed 4.7 rebounds per game and had 6.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage was 43% and his free throw percentage was at 81%. DeMar DeRozan averaged 23.5 points per game this season and he saw the court an average of 35.9 minutes per contest. He also averaged 4.5 rebounds per contest and 4 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 45% and his free throw percentage was 85%.
Cleveland averaged 104.6 points per contest this season which ranked them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 6.4 and their shooting percentage was 46% as a team which had them ranked 9th. Behind the arc they shot 37% which was good for 3rd in the league. They averaged 52.7 rebounds per game and 22.8 assists per game which ranked them 12th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 6th with 13.3 per game. The Cavaliers allowed 98.2 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 5th in the league. They also allowed a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 49 rebounds a game which ranked 5th and they gave up 21.5 assists per contest which put them in 9th place in the league. They forced 13.2 turnovers per game which ranked them 23rd in the league.
Toronto averaged 101.5 points per game this year which ranked them 20th in the league. Their average scoring margin was 3.9 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them sitting in the 19th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 36% which was good for 6th in the NBA. They averaged 53.1 rebounds per game and 18.3 assists per contest which ranked them 11th and 29th respectively. In the turnover department the Raptors ranked 5th with 13.1 per game. The Raptors allowed 97.6 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 3rd in the league. They also allowed a 44% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 27th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 48.8 rebounds a game which ranked 4th and they gave up 20.9 assists per contest which put them in 6th place in the league. The Raptors forced 13.5 turnovers per game which ranked them 21st in the NBA.
The Cavaliers averaged 102.3 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 114.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of 4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 13 per contest. The Cavaliers had an offensive rating of 110.9 and a defensive rating of 104.5. In terms of pace they averaged 93.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 52%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shot 3 pointers on 35% of their shots. Cleveland turned the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions and they forced 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 50%.
The Raptors scored 103.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 102 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 7.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they had a difference of 6.3 points per game. The Raptors rating on offense was 110 and they had a defensive rating of 105.2. They had 92.9 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempted 3 pointers on 29% of their shot attempts. Toronto turned the ball over on 12.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 12.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 50%.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers were 37-43-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers were 41-41-0 against the over/under
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors were 44-37-1 against the spread
The Toronto Raptors were 43-37-2 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
05/21/16 PG Kyrie Irving Chest is upgraded to probable Monday vs. Toronto
Toronto Raptors Injuries
05/22/16 F DeMarre Carroll Elbow injured last game, probable Monday vs. Cleveland
05/08/16 C Jonas Valanciunas Ankle out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Cleveland
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Tony Sink
Get all of Today's NBA Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert NBA Picks