Friday, May 5, 2017
Air Canada Centre
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The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Air Canada Centre to play the Toronto Raptors on Friday, May 5, 2017 in Game 3 of their Playoff series. The Cavs lead the series 2-0. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland as 2.5 point favorites.
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The Cavaliers finished the regular season with an overall record of 51-31. They were 1st in the Central Division. They had a point differential of 3.1 as they averaged 110.3 points per game while giving up 107.2 per contest. The Raptors had a regular season record of 51-31. They finished the year 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They averaged 106.9 points per game and surrendered 102.6, good for a point differential of 4.3.
Valuable Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 36-43-3 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 47-35-0 against the over/under
Important Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors are 44-36-2 against the spread
The Toronto Raptors are 44-38-0 against the over/under
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/16/16 F Chris Andersen ACL out for season
03/06/17 C Andrew Bogut Leg out for season
Key Toronto Raptors Injuries
05/03/17 PG Kyle Lowry Ankle "?" Friday vs. Cleveland
Lebron James comes into this contest averaging 26.4 points per game while playing 37.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 8.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 8.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 55% while his free throw percentage is currently at 67%. Kyrie Irving averages 25.2 points per game in 35.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.8 assists per contest and 3.2 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 91%.
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Kyle Lowry averages 22.4 points per game while playing 37.4 minutes per contest this year for the Raptors. He grabs 4.8 rebounds per game and has 7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. DeMar DeRozan averages 27.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.2 rebounds per contest and 3.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 110.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.18 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 5th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 43.8 rebounds per game and 22.7 assists per game which ranks them 12th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 16th with 13.7 per game. The Cavaliers allow 107.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 20th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 17th and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.2 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 24.7 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 12.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Toronto averages 106.9 points per game this year which ranks them 10th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.21 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 11th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the NBA. They average 43.2 rebounds per game and 18.5 assists per contest which ranks them 19th and 30th respectively. In the turnover department the Raptors rank 27th with 12.7 per game. The Raptors allow 102.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 12th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 42.1 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 21.8 assists per contest which puts them in 9th place in the league. The Raptors force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have an offensive rating of 113.6 and a defensive rating of 110.3. In terms of pace they average 96.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 55%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they shoot 3 pointers on 40% of their shots. Cleveland turns the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Raptors rating on offense is 112.3 and they have a defensive rating of 107.8. They get 94.7 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempt 3 pointers on 29% of their shot attempts. Toronto turns the ball over on 11.8 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Raptors NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Toronto +2.5
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