Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 4/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+2.5)
Amalie Arena is the site where and the Toronto Raptors (25-35) will play the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-38) on Monday. The spread on this game has Toronto as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 223.
The Cleveland Cavaliers took the court against the Charlotte Hornets and took a loss by a score of 108-102 in their last game. Cleveland ended the game with a 51.3% FG percentage (41 of 80) and knocked down 10 of their 30 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Cavaliers buried 10 of 14 shots for a rate of 71.4%. Concerning getting rebounds, they earned 47 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 27 dimes for the contest while forcing the other team into 5 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When discussing defense, Cleveland allowed the other team to go 42.6% from the field on 40 of 94 shooting. Charlotte recorded 26 dimes and had 7 steals for the matchup. In addition, Charlotte pulled down 38 rebounds (15 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 1 block. Charlotte went 77.8% when shooting free throws by knocking down 14 of their 18 attempts. They converted 14 of their 40 shots from distance.
Collin Sexton is a player who had an impact for the game. He had 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting. He played 34:20 minutes and pulled down 7 boards. Sexton went 57.9% from the field and also distributed 2 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in the matchup for the Cavaliers was Darius Garland. He snagged 4 rebounds in 37:26 min played. He finished the contest at 60.0% from the floor in the game via 12-of-20 (27 points). When the time ran out, Garland accounted for 6 assists.
Cleveland steps onto the hardwood with a record of 21-38 so far this year. They are turning it over 15.3 times per game and as a team they are committing 18.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Cleveland is grabbing 42.6 boards per game and has accounted for 1,409 assists for the season, which is 22nd in the NBA in terms of passing. The Cavaliers are shooting 33.9% on shots from beyond the arc (575 of 1,694) and 74.2% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 104.0 pts per contest (30th in the league) while hitting 45.4% from the floor. On defense, the Cavaliers are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.0 personal fouls. They are 13th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,465 conceded on the year. The Cavaliers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.9% (893 of 1,180) and they concede 43.6 boards per contest as a basketball team. They relinquish 38.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 12th in the NBA in opponents PPG (110.9).
In their last game, the Toronto Raptors went home defeated by a final of 120-103 when they played the New York Knicks. The Raptors recorded 28 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 for this game. They also gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Knicks earned 17 fouls in the game which took the Raptors to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to convert 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 73.7%. In the matter of shots from downtown, Toronto buried 17 out of their 44 tries (38.6%). When the final whistle was blown, the Raptors walked away from this one shooting 36 for 83 from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.4%. The Raptors allowed the Knicks to make 42 out of their 75 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 56.0% in the matchup. They went 51.6% from behind the 3-point line by going 16 out of 31 and finished the game at 20 of 24 at the free throw line (83.3%). In relation to team rebounding, Toronto permitted New York to get 44 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Fred VanVleet was important for the Raptors in the matchup. He converted 10 of 20 in this game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and added 5 rebounds. VanVleet totaled 27 points in his 40:04 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 11 assists in this contest. Another guy that was pivotal for Toronto was OG Anunoby. He left the arena with 3 dimes in his 38:31 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 9 of 16 from the floor. Anunoby finished going 56.3% from the floor while contributing 27 points and 5 boards.
Toronto has a record of 25-35 so far this year. The Raptors are responsible for committing 21.7 fouls per game and they shoot 82.6% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 24.2 times per contest (19th in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.4 times per game. Toronto has accumulated 6,713 points so far this season (111.9 per game) and they pull down 41.5 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Raptors are shooting 44.9% from the floor, which ranks 25th in the NBA. The Raptors defensively are ranked 14th in the league in points per game surrendered with 111.3. They have forced 16.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (9th in the NBA). The Toronto defense concedes 37.8% from downtown (831 of 2,199) and opponents are connecting on 79.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 25.8 assists and 45.8 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 23rd and 22nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-2.5)
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