Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 3/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-7.5)
The Toronto Raptors (17-24) head to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday where they'll meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (15-26). Toronto opens this matchup as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 217.
The Toronto Raptors faced the Utah Jazz and ended up losing by a score of 115-112 in their last game. Toronto ended the game with a 48.2% FG percentage (40 of 83) and converted 21 of their 44 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Raptors converted 11 of 14 attempts for a rate of 78.6%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected 31 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 31 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When it comes to defending, Toronto allowed the other team to shoot 45.9% from the floor on 34 of 74 shooting. Utah dished out 21 assists and had 7 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Utah grabbed 48 rebounds (9 offensive, 39 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Utah walked away from this one shooting 85.4% at the free throw line by converting 35 of 41 tries. They also made 12 of 37 tries from 3-point land.
Pascal Siakam is one guy who came through in this contest. He totaled 27 points on 9 out of 22 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33:26 minutes and totaled 5 rebounds. Siakam went 40.9% from the field and totaled 9 assists. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Raptors was Fred VanVleet. He snagged 6 rebounds in 40:31 min on the hardwood. He ended up going 40.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 6-of-15 (17 points). When the game finished, VanVleet tallied 9 assists.
Toronto steps onto the court with a win-loss record of 17-24 on the campaign. They average 112.4 points per contest (16th in the league) while shooting 44.9% from the field. The Raptors are shooting 38.1% from downtown (634 of 1,665) and 82.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Toronto is collecting 41.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,036 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 13th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 13.6 times per game and as a unit they are committing 22.1 fouls per contest. On defense, the Raptors are forcing their opponents into 16.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.5 personal fouls. They give up 37.5% on 3-point attempts and they are 18th in the league in points per game allowed (112.2). The Raptors defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 45.9% (673 of 840) and they relinquish 45.8 boards per game as a squad. They rank 26th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,090 relinquished this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a loss by a final score of 116-110 when they played the San Antonio Spurs. The Cavaliers collected 32 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for this game. They coughed up the ball 10 times, while earning 8 steals in this game. The Spurs were called for 25 fouls for this contest which took the Cavaliers to the free throw line for a total of 32 attempts. They were able to convert 25 of the free throw tries for a rate of 78.1%. When talking about 3-point attempts, Cleveland knocked down 7 out of their 27 attempts (25.9%). When the final whistle was blown, the Cavaliers shot 39 out of 89 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.8%. The Cavaliers permitted the Spurs to convert 41 out of 88 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.6% for this contest. They went 38.9% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 18 and finished the game at 27 of 33 from the free throw line (81.8%). Regarding rebounds, Cleveland permitted San Antonio to snag 51 in all (17 on the offensive side).
Collin Sexton ended up being a major contributor for the Cavaliers in the game. He made 12 of 25 for the contest for a rate of 48.0%, and had 5 rebounds. Sexton totaled 29 points in his 38:46 mins on the court and earned 2 assists for the matchup. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Cleveland was Darius Garland. He ended up with 8 assists in his 36:03 minutes played, and he shot 8 out of 16 from the floor. Garland wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor as well as collecting 29 points and 1 rebound.
Cleveland has a record of 15-26 on the campaign. The Cavaliers are committing 19.2 fouls every game and they go 72.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 23.0 times per game (23rd in the NBA) and they turn it over 15.7 times per contest. Cleveland has totaled 4,254 pts so far this season (103.8 per contest) and they pull in 43.2 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Cavaliers are hitting on 45.1% from the floor, which ranks 23rd in the league. The Cavaliers on the defensive end are ranked 16th in the NBA in PPG given up with 111.9. They are forcing 15.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (28th in the league). The Cleveland defense allows 39.1% on three-point shots (512 of 1,309) and their opposition makes 77.4% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 24.3 assists and 43.7 boards every game, which has them ranked 12th and 14th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (+7.5)
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