Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/16/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Monday, December 16, 2019
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto -13
Scotiabank Arena is the site where Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors (17-8, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (6-20, 5th in the Central Division) on Monday. The odds on this matchup have Toronto as 13 point favorites. The total opens at 219.5.
The Cavaliers are covering the spread 40.0% of the time, having gone 10-15-1 ATS. Toronto is covering 56.0% of the time, going 14-11-0 against the spread.
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/13/2019 Dylan Windler SG Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Dec 27
Key Toronto Raptors Injuries
12/14/2019 Fred VanVleet SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Dec 16
12/11/2019 Stanley Johnson SF Groin Game Time Decision
11/26/2019 Matt Thomas SG Finger Expected to be out until at least Dec 28
Collin Sexton comes into this game averaging 17.4 points per contest while playing 30.4 minutes per night this year. He grabs 3.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is 82%. Kevin Love averages 16.2 points per contest in 30.5 minutes per game. He averages 2.6 assists per game and 10.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Fred VanVleet scores 18.0 points per contest while playing 36.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.8 rebounds per contest and has 7.0 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 88%. Pascal Siakam averages 24.7 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 36.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 8.3 rebounds per game and has 3.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 103.3 points per contest, which is 28th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -10.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a unit, which has them ranked 26th. From 3-point territory they shoot 34%, which is good for 26th in the NBA. They average 43.7 boards per contest and 21.0 assists per game, which ranks them 21st and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 10th with 15.8 per game. The Cavaliers allow 113.5 points per contest, which is 20th in the NBA. They also surrender a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 27th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 44.1 rebounds a game which ranks 8th, and they allow 25.6 assists per game which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Toronto is 15th in the NBA with 110.8 points per contest this season. They are 23rd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 5.4. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 4th in the league. They are 6th in the NBA in rebounding with 46.5 boards per contest and 9th in assists per game with 25.0. The Raptors are 14th in turnovers per contest with 15.4. The Raptors give up 105.4 points per game, which ranks them 7th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 1st and 4th in those defensive statistics. They rank 24th with 25.5 dimes allowed per game and 30th with 49.0 boards surrendered per contest. The Raptors are 28th in the league in forcing turnovers with 16.8 per contest this year.
The Cavaliers are 28th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.2, and their defensive rating of 114.5 is ranked 28th. In terms of pace they are 24th in the league with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 26th. As a team they are 27th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 18th in the league. Cleveland is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 56%, which is 2nd in the league.
Toronto is 14th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 30th in the NBA. The Raptors are 16th in the league in defensive rating with 103.3, and their offensive rating of 108.6 is ranked 4th. They are 12th in the NBA in pace with 101.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 14th. As a unit they are 13th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 8th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Raptors NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Toronto -13
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