Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers Game 1 Free Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 5/16/2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Quicken Loans Arena
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The Toronto Raptors travel to Quicken Loans Arena to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 10 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 202.5.
The Raptors had a regular season record of 56-26 and a road record of 24-17. They were 1st in the Atlantic Division. They had a point differential of 4.5 as they averaged 102.7 points per game while giving up 98.2 per contest. Toronto was 14-2 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 39-13. The Cavaliers had a regular season record of 57-25 and a home record of 33-8. They were 1st in the Central Division. They averaged 104.3 points per game and surrendered 98.3, good for a point differential of 6. Cleveland had a division record of 8-8 and a conference record of 35-17.
DeMar DeRozan comes into this contest after averaging 23.5 points per game while playing 35.9 minutes per night this season for the Raptors. He pulled down 4.5 rebounds per game and dished out 4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 45% while his free throw percentage was at 85%. Kyle Lowry averaged 21.2 points per game in 37 minutes per contest this season. He averaged 6.4 assists per contest and 4.7 rebounds per game for Toronto. His field goal percentage was 43% for the year while his free throw percentage was 81%.
LeBron James averaged 25.3 points per game while playing 35.6 minutes per contest this year for the Cavaliers. He grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game and had 6.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage was 52% and his free throw percentage was at 73%. Kevin Love averaged 16 points per game this season and he saw the court an average of 31.5 minutes per contest. He also averaged 9.9 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 42% and his free throw percentage was 82%.
Toronto averaged 101.5 points per contest this season which ranked them 20th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 3.9 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shot 36% which was good for 6th in the league. They averaged 53.1 rebounds per game and 18.3 assists per game which ranked them 11th and 29th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they 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 categories. 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. They forced 13.5 turnovers per game which ranked them 21st in the league.
Cleveland averaged 104.6 points per game this year which ranked them 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin was 6.4 and their shooting percentage was 46% as a team which had them sitting in the 9th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 37% which was good for 3rd in the NBA. They averaged 52.7 rebounds per game and 22.8 assists per contest which ranked them 12th and 11th respectively. In the turnover department the Cavaliers 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 statistics. 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. The Cavaliers forced 13.2 turnovers per game which ranked them 23rd in the NBA.
The Raptors averaged 99.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 102 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of 1.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 7.7 per contest. The Raptors had an offensive rating of 110 and a defensive rating of 105.2. In terms of pace they averaged 92.9 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 50%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shot 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. Toronto turned the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions and they forced 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 50%.
The Cavaliers scored 106.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 114.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 13 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they had a difference of 8.8 points per game. The Cavaliers rating on offense was 110.9 and they had a defensive rating of 104.5. They had 93.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempted 3 pointers on 35% of their shot attempts. Cleveland turned the ball over on 12.7 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 12.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 50%.
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 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 Injuries
05/08/16 C Jonas Valanciunas Ankle out indefinitely
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Cleveland
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